State News Archive

Florida OPRC: Car Seat Ordering Forms; Orders Due Aug 8th

Published on: 07/18/2017


Unbelted Deerfield man, 40, dies in crash near I-95

Published on: 07/14/2017


Okaloosa Co: Infant dies after being left in vehicle for hours

Published on: 07/05/2017


What's the law in Florida for leaving kids in cars? You may be surprised

Published on: 07/03/2017


Florida OPRC: Recertification Survey Report, Car Seat Order FAQs

Published on: 07/03/2017


Authorities urge drivers to 'choose your ride' and 'arrive alive'

Published on: 06/30/2017


Florida OPRC: Child Safety Seat Store Open for CPS Week Orders

Published on: 06/20/2017


Rhodes (FDHSMV) and Carroll (DCF): Two steps to preventing tragedy with children in cars

Published on: 06/20/2017


Deadly airbags: Two out of three recalled in Florida still not fixed

Published on: 06/05/2017


Columbus High senior launches "Do it in the back seat" seat belt campaign

Published on: 06/05/2017


Troopers ramp up seat belt enforcement ahead of holiday travel season

Published on: 05/24/2017


Not wearing a seat belt? Expect a hefty fine

Published on: 05/23/2017


Recycled Airbags Pose Potential Danger To Unsuspecting Drivers

Published on: 05/19/2017


Florida OPRC: Stipends, Scholarships, Proxy Information

Published on: 05/01/2017


Do you know the proper way to wear your seat belt?

Published on: 04/20/2017


Florida Statute on Seat Belts in School Buses

Published on: 02/15/2017


Florida Statute on Unattended Children in Vehicles

Published on: 02/15/2017


Florida OPRC News: LATCH Manual 2017 Available; Tracking & Reporting Reminder for All Orders

Published on: 01/19/2017


CPS Technical Updates Scheduled April 12 and 14

Published on: 01/13/2017


Florida OPRC News: Stipends Available; CPS Updates Upcoming

Published on: 01/13/2017


FHP launches"Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign

Published on: 12/15/2016


Campaign set to prevent impaired driving statewide this month

Published on: 12/05/2016

As part of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ (DHSMV) Holiday Travel campaign, throughout December, the DHSMV will focus on preventing impaired driving on Florida’s roadways.

Florida OPRC New: Materials Available to Order; New Reporting for Materials

Published on: 12/01/2016


Florida School Bus Seatbelt Laws Can Take Years to Implement

Published on: 11/30/2016


St. Lucie County parents say seat belt usage should be enforced on school buses

Published on: 11/28/2016


FDOT Crash Data Academy - Upcoming Webinar Dates

Published on: 11/16/2016


Florida OPRC News: Scholarship applications now being accepted

Published on: 10/17/2016


Florida OPRC News: CPS Week After-Event Report Due, Statistics Available

Published on: 10/03/2016


Nominate a Florida CPST As Tech or Instructor of the Year

Published on: 09/22/2016


Press Release: FDOT Announces Florida's All-Time High Safety Belt Usage Rate of Nearly 90 Percent

Published on: 09/22/2016


Florida OPRC News: CPS Week; Nominate a CPST; New Safe Kids Web Tool

Published on: 09/21/2016


CPS Week Events in Florida

Published on: 09/16/2016


Florida OPRC News: Recertification Progress, 2017 Lifesavers Speaker Proposals

Published on: 08/10/2016


Pointing To Sharp Increase In Child Deaths, FHP Stresses Importance Of Child Safety Awareness

Published on: 08/02/2016


Florida OPRC News: Car Seat Dropshop Store Open July 8

Published on: 07/07/2016


Florida OPRC News: New FDOT Traffic Safety Program Manager

Published on: 06/23/2016


Miami Beach Fire hosts child car seat inspection

Published on: 06/22/2016


Jax: Summer is time to take steps to prevent hot car deaths

Published on: 06/16/2016


Tallahassee man killed in Wacissa crash; not wearing seat belt

Published on: 06/16/2016


Titusville: Fourth sister dies following deadly crash

Published on: 05/31/2016


Florida OPRC News 5/31/16: 2015 FL Misuse Report; CPS Update Next Week

Published on: 05/31/2016


Orlando:2 killed, 2 injured in crash on Florida's Turnpike

Published on: 05/25/2016


Pensacola: 'Click it, or ticket:' Law enforcement across US cracking down on drivers

Published on: 05/24/2016


Miami: All children in vehicles should wear seat belts or be in car seats

Published on: 05/20/2016


Authorities crack down on speeders, seat belt violators in Broward County

Published on: 05/11/2016


2015 Florida Child Restraint Misuse Report

Published on: 05/11/2016

Data collected through 5/11/2016 is reflected in this report, which is subdivided by Florida counties.

Cantonment: Car Seats Credited With Saving Two Babies From Injuries In Wreck

Published on: 05/09/2016


Florida ranks second in unrestricted passenger deaths, AAA study says

Published on: 04/29/2016


CPS Update Scheduled June 9th Palmetto, Fla.

Published on: 04/19/2016


NHTSA Funds for Car Seats; Instructor Stipends, Scholarships Update

Published on: 04/06/2016


Tampa dads design device to prevent children from dying in hot cars

Published on: 03/31/2016


New Florida Law Makes It Legal to Break Into Cars to Save Vulnerable People, Pets

Published on: 03/11/2016


Palm Bay Police Department Educates Drivers About Seatbelt Safety

Published on: 03/04/2016


Lakeland: Police target seat belt violations

Published on: 03/03/2016


'Click It or Ticket' campaign underway, ends March 14

Published on: 03/01/2016


OPRC News: 2/29/16

Published on: 02/29/2016


2015 Florida Safety Belt Usage Report: 89.4%

Published on: 02/18/2016


FDOT's 2017 Highway Safety Matrix: Florida counties with highest injuries and fatalities

Published on: 02/17/2016


Deputies: 3 children killed in Polk accident

Published on: 02/08/2016


Fix or flaw? Amendment was to exempt day cares from booster seat law

Published on: 01/28/2016


In I-4 rollover crash in Volusia, 2 killed not wearing seat belts, 1 with minor injuries wearing seat belt

Published on: 01/27/2016


House/Senate Bill Pending to Add Exception to Florida CPS Law

Published on: 01/26/2016


Ocala: Proper use of child safety seats can make a difference

Published on: 11/30/2015


Golisano Children's Hospital: Five ways to help keep kids safer

Published on: 11/23/2015


New push for seat belts in school buses; Fla. requires on large school buses

Published on: 11/10/2015


Car Seats Save the Lives of Two Toddlers

Published on: 11/02/2015


New PSA: :30 and :60 of Children Sharing Florida Requirements and Recommendations

Published on: 09/30/2015


Jax news: More than half of children unsafe in car seats

Published on: 09/17/2015


CPS Week in Florida - Gov. Scott Signs Proclamation, NHTSA Forms

Published on: 09/16/2015

Events are happening all across Florida this week to celebrate Child Passenger Safety Week

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles promotes child passenger safety

Published on: 09/15/2015


Effective Immediately: Change in OPRC Car Seat Distribution/Donation Guidelines

Published on: 09/02/2015

PLEASE READ: This Could Affect your Ability to Receive Child Restraint Devices from the Florida Occupant Protection Resource Center if Donation Guidelines are Not Followed

Three St. Pete sisters die in crash - drivers not in seat belts

Published on: 08/11/2015


Airbag thefts on the rise in South Florida

Published on: 08/10/2015


In 2015, nine children have died nationwide after being left in hot cars, 3 were Florida children

Published on: 08/03/2015


NHTSA: Florida weather affecting defective Takata air bags

Published on: 07/20/2015


FHP says two dead in Boca I-95 crash Broward men - not wearing seats belts

Published on: 07/13/2015


4 men killed in Frostproof crash; none wearing seat belts

Published on: 07/13/2015


Baby dies after being left in car in Lauderhill

Published on: 07/09/2015


Miami: Grandmother, toddler die after pickup truck crashes into canal in west Miami-Dade County

Published on: 06/11/2015


Panama City: Toddler dies in hot car as mom teaches inside school

Published on: 06/02/2015


Jacksonville FHP: Child ejected when car hits semi head on

Published on: 05/28/2015


Palm Beach: Click It or Ticket Kicks Off; Florida above national average since law made primary, said Salvas

Published on: 05/26/2015


FHP: Toddlers hurt in crash not in car seats, hurt by airbag impact

Published on: 05/26/2015


Kissimmee: CIOT Campaign Targets Seat Belt Usage

Published on: 05/21/2015


Governor Scott Signs 2015 CIOT Proclamation

Published on: 05/19/2015


Miami Beach Offers Free Child Car Seat Safety Checks

Published on: 05/19/2015


Jax: How to protect your child from hot car deaths

Published on: 05/18/2015


Lake City: Another hot car death: Police investigate why toddler left in Florida vehicle

Published on: 05/15/2015


KIM Conference Seeking Volunteer Moderators and Helpers

Published on: 05/11/2015


2014 Florida Misuse Data

Published on: 04/30/2015


At least 6 unrestrained in fatal SUV crash in Apopka, FHP says

Published on: 04/07/2015


Babies survive serious crash in Port Charlotte thanks to car seats

Published on: 03/06/2015


CPS Instructors: NHTSA CPST Curriculum DVD Revised: Contains New Presentation Options, Not New Content

Published on: 02/27/2015


2015 LATCH Manual Available - FREE to Florida CPSTs through OPRC

Published on: 02/02/2015


New Florida child-restraint law stronger under revision, but some say it doesn't go far enough

Published on: 01/26/2015


Key West: Group primed to assist with new car seat law

Published on: 01/12/2015


List of News Items for Car Seat Law Update

Published on: 01/05/2015


Little Law, Big Fine

Published on: 01/04/2015


New child seat safety law now in effect

Published on: 01/02/2015


REMINDER: Kids Under 6 Must Now Ride In Safety Seats

Published on: 01/02/2015


New law will require booster seats for kids under age 6

Published on: 11/21/2014

Tampa promoting the age increase for child restraints, effective January 1st.

CPS Safety Campaign Materials Available Courtesy of FDOT District 2 CTST (WHALE, Car Seat Crusaders, etc)

Published on: 11/20/2014


Baby boy dies after hit-and-run crash in Riverside, Fla.

Published on: 10/20/2014

Police said there was a child car seat located in the vehicle, but it's undetermined where it was at the time of the crash.

Brevard Co. Sheriff Ivey Talks About Child Safety Car Seats

Published on: 10/14/2014

"I know first hand how important it is to use a Child Safety Seat when traveling with young children in the vehicle."

The safety of small children who are riding in motor vehicles took an important step forward this year

Published on: 10/13/2014

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)... deaths of toddlers are reduced 54 percent and fatalities of children ages 4 to 8 are reduced 45 percent when child restraint devices are used.

Seat Belt Use in Fla. 2014 at Highest in History

Published on: 09/24/2014


Florida CPS Law Update Effective January 1, 2015: Requirements and Consequences

Published on: 09/24/2014

More information on what exactly law enforcement will be looking for and the consequences of not complying.

AAA: Updated car seat law press release and flyer

Published on: 08/20/2014


Florida Fitting Stations: Finding Assistance

Published on: 08/03/2014

Need assistance at your fitting station? Are you a tech looking to assist? Have a fitting station to add to the fitting station list?

Back To School: Transport School Children Safely in a Child Restraint

Published on: 08/01/2014

Back to School events happening all this month would be a great place to have a CPS fitting station and promote the revised law.

Florida Specific Tip Cards Promoting Revised CPS Law Available to Download

Published on: 06/30/2014


Gov. Scott Signs Legislation Increasing Child Safety in Motor Vehicles

Published on: 06/24/2014


Child Restraints Permanently Tax Exempt in Florida July 1st

Published on: 06/19/2014

Florida House Bill 5601 was signed May 12, 2014 for a permanent sales tax exemption for child restraint systems and booster seats for use in motor vehicles, effective July 1, 2014.

ROCKLEDGE, Fla.: 9-month-old dies in hot car after dad goes to work

Published on: 06/17/2014

ROCKLEDGE, Fla. — The father of a 9-month-old girl who died after being left in a hot pickup truck forgot to drop his child off at her sitter before going to his job, he told police.

Bill 225 on CRs for 4-5 year olds will have Governor action by 6/28

Published on: 06/16/2014

The governor will either sign or veto by end of next week

FHP News Release: COME ON FLORIDA... LET'S BE THE BUCKLE UP STATE

Published on: 05/21/2014


Florida governor Rick Scott signs Click It or Ticket proclamation

Published on: 05/19/2014


Revisons to Florida Child Restraint law passed House and Senate to effect children 5 or younger

Published on: 04/29/2014


CPS Certification Security Reminder

Published on: 04/16/2014


Tracking Florida CPS Law Initiative HB 225

Published on: 04/14/2014


CPS Tech Certification Courses and Renewal Class Schedules

Published on: 04/08/2014


Evenflo Buckle Recall 4/4/14: Info on Undistributed OPRC Seat Types

Published on: 04/04/2014


Life-Saving Car Seat Legislation Passes Senate Committee

Published on: 03/07/2014

A Florida bill that would require a child to be properly restrained in an age appropriate car seat through the age of 6 has been passed by a Senate committee.

Report Ranked Florida as "Red": Dangerously Behind in Key Highway Safety Features

Published on: 03/05/2014


Community Resource Tool - a Florida-specific version for new CPSTs

Published on: 02/24/2014

A required handout in the new CPST Curriculum

2013 Florida Misuse Rates

Published on: 02/24/2014

Gathered from OPRC monthly reports Jan - Dec 2013

AAA Makes Florida CPS Law a Priority

Published on: 02/11/2014


Pictures Posted! 2/3/14 CPS Update in Jacksonville

Published on: 02/10/2014


Spot BubbleBums at Walmart to win $100

Published on: 02/06/2014

BubbleBum officially landed in stores on Friday 31st January, 2014.

Curriculum Review for CPS Instructors Feb 11th Boca Raton

Published on: 01/13/2014


Donate $2 to Car Seats for Florida's Families in Need

Published on: 01/07/2014

Donate when you renew your vehicle registration

Florida Child Safety Initiative Conference Call Jan 29th

Published on: 01/02/2014


Buckle Up School Campaign Materials - flyers, activities, contests, articles from an initiative in Broward County

Published on: 12/12/2013

Buckle Up Park Lakes is a multifaceted, multi-agency, school wide campaign, targeting parents and children alike, encompassing 12 different independent activities and utilizing all three learning modalities, all culminating to a school wide Safety Day.

Print-Ready Resources available to promote safety in your area

Published on: 12/02/2013


FDHSMV News Release: Car Seats, Booster Seats and Seat Belts Save Lives

Published on: 11/20/2013


Become a certified CPS Tech - for free!

Published on: 11/07/2013


Submit for FDOT grant funds by February 28, 2014

Published on: 11/06/2013


Safe Kids Recertification Figures

Published on: 10/02/2013


Don't Text and Drive; It's the Law

Published on: 10/02/2013

Florida's ban on texting is effective October 1st

Child Restraint Survey for Grant Cycle 2014 - due 10/8/13

Published on: 10/01/2013


CPS Week Florida Proclamation

Published on: 09/24/2013


Shipping OPRC Promo Items to Resume late October

Published on: 09/13/2013


CPS Event Spreadsheets for NHTSA

Published on: 08/16/2013

OPRC is compiling all event data and sending to Ralph who will send to NHTSA.

Florida leading the nation in kids dying in cars; Safe Kids Lee/Collier Counties held a demonstration

Published on: 08/02/2013


Broward County Simulation shows danger of leaving kids in cars

Published on: 08/01/2013


Donate for car seats when renewing vehicle registration

Published on: 07/02/2013


Florida's Safe Mobility for Life Coalition Hosts Pasco County Community Summit

Published on: 05/13/2013


Governor Scott Signs "Click It or Ticket" Proclamation

Published on: 05/08/2013


Recertification Numbers Year to date

Published on: 04/01/2013


"Be Ready. Be Buckled." art contest

Published on: 01/10/2013


Bill would require car booster seats for kids up to 7 in Florida

Published on: 11/26/2012


SafeKids recert numbers for Jan-Sept 2012

Published on: 10/03/2012


"Look Before You Lock" aims to save kids' lives

Published on: 09/28/2012


Infant found dead in car after father forgets to drop her off at daycare

Published on: 09/26/2012


Safety campaigns try to prevent children from dying in hot cars

Published on: 08/15/2012


See News First On Facebook!

Published on: 06/26/2012


Buckle Up Kids Booster Car Seat Contest - W Palm Beach

Published on: 05/24/2012


Seat belt safety still an issue for drivers, passengers

Published on: 05/02/2012


Keeping local kids safe means avoiding painful 'what if?'

Published on: 04/25/2012


Students urge friends to be careful in new safe-driving book

Published on: 04/23/2012


Florida's heat deadly for kids left in vehicles

Published on: 04/01/2012


Florida OPRC Open for Business!

Published on: 03/22/2012


Child Safety Seats Have Expiration Dates - Did You Know?

Published on: 10/06/2011