State News Archive

Celebrate Florida’s “Bicycle Safety Month” in March!

Published on: 03/07/2023

New LATCH Manuals are here!

Published on: 01/23/2023

If your cover is not peach, time to update.

Preventing Child Heatstroke Deaths and Injuries in Hot Cars

Published on: 04/21/2021

2020 Law Enforcement Survey on OP in Florida: Now Available For Download

Published on: 01/28/2021


Published on: 01/25/2021

New Resources for Parents to Keep Children Safe in Cars During COVID-19

Published on: 04/29/2020

Tools for SPSTs Virtual Car Seat Checks

Published on: 04/10/2020

Students in Columbia County buckle up for seat belt awareness competition

Published on: 02/14/2020

Florida Child Restraint Misuse Rates Yearly Reports

Published on: 01/27/2020

A collection of monthly reports from Florida CPS personnel. Reports are by calendar year, and are subdivided by Florida counties.

NHTSA Priority Counties - CPS Instructors and Technicians

Published on: 10/01/2019

CPS Express - Sept/Oct 2019

Published on: 09/11/2019

One of our Florida CPS Instructor making news!

Published on: 04/08/2019

2019 Latch Manuals are Available

Published on: 02/14/2019

Car seats credited with saving lives of newborn, rest of family after SUV rolled several times on I-4

Published on: 10/25/2018

Florida Hits All-Time High Safety Belt Usage Rate

Published on: 10/01/2018

2018 Statewide Child Passenger Restraint Use Report Released

Published on: 09/28/2018

Florida in the News for CPS Week

Published on: 09/28/2018

Florida OPRC: CPS Week Activities Planner and Materials

Published on: 09/19/2018

Florida OPRC: Car Seat Store Closes 9/13; Materials Store Closes 9/20 for GY Changeover

Published on: 09/05/2018

Child Safety Encouragement From Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

Published on: 08/21/2018

Coral Gables Police Department earns overall Statewide Traffic Safety Award

Published on: 08/13/2018

Florida OPRC: 2017 LATCH Manual Update Available

Published on: 07/24/2018

Florida OPRC: Car Seat Store Open; Updated Agreement Form

Published on: 07/19/2018

FHP: Car seats aren't optional and need to be used correctly

Published on: 07/10/2018

Southwest Family urges seat belt use after daughter's death

Published on: 07/03/2018

Orlando Law Firm Compiles Vital Resource on Takata Airbags

Published on: 06/27/2018

Longwood police officers buy car seat for child after traffic stop

Published on: 06/22/2018

Turnpike passenger is ejected from vehicle in violent crash — and somehow lives to tell about it

Published on: 06/14/2018

FHP Answers Questions: Can I legally wear my seat belt under my arm?

Published on: 06/12/2018

4 killed in Gilchrist County car crash; victims not wearing seat belts

Published on: 06/11/2018

South Florida Drivers More At Risk From Faulty Takata Airbags, Officials Say

Published on: 06/07/2018

Orlando: Click It or Ticket campaign reminds drivers to buckle up

Published on: 06/01/2018

Florida Click It or Ticket Website Updated with More Facts and Media

Published on: 05/29/2018

New WHALE Check Video Courtesy of FDOT

Published on: 05/17/2018

Click It Or Ticket: ‘Wear Your Seatbelts,’ FHP Makes Public Plea

Published on: 05/14/2018

Florida leads nation with unfixed airbags

Published on: 05/11/2018

Florida OPRC: Recall Announced; Fitting Station Update; CIOT Next Week

Published on: 05/09/2018

Florida OPRC: Materials Reporting; Refresher Course Stipends; Online CEUs

Published on: 03/29/2018

FHP: 'Buckle Up Every Time. There's No Second Chance'

Published on: 03/02/2018

Little switch on car doors can save your child's life, experts say

Published on: 02/14/2018

Florida OPRC: CPS Tech Update Registration; New Materials Added

Published on: 01/26/2018

Study: Florida Motor Vehicle Laws Among Least Safe In U.S.

Published on: 01/23/2018

Florida OPRC: CPS Tech Updates in March; Fitting Station Density Map

Published on: 01/10/2018

Florida OPRC: IIHS Best Booster Seat List; FDHSMV Car Seats

Published on: 12/01/2017

FHP stresses driver awareness after string of crashes

Published on: 11/27/2017

Florida OPRC: FDOT Releases 2017 CPS Observation Survey Report

Published on: 11/16/2017

FL Senator Proposes New Age Requirement For Car And Booster Seats

Published on: 11/07/2017

Florida OPRC: FL Recert Rates; OP Resources

Published on: 11/02/2017

Florida OPRC: Safety Belt Usage Sets Record; Safe Kids Scholarships Available

Published on: 10/23/2017

FDOT Announces Florida’s All-Time Record for Safety Belt Usage Rate Exceeds 90 Percent

Published on: 10/18/2017

Florida and U.S. promote Teen Driver Safety Week, focusing on safe driving behaviors

Published on: 10/17/2017

Florida OPRC: Nominate CPSI/T of the Year; Find a Fitting Station

Published on: 10/17/2017

Donate through FDHSMV to buy child safety seats for poverty families

Published on: 10/09/2017

Florida OPRC: Safe Kids Recertification Extension; Temporary Store Closure

Published on: 09/06/2017

How tech helps students stay safe on Leon County school buses

Published on: 08/28/2017

Florida OPRC: New Print Materials Available

Published on: 08/21/2017

Florida OPRC: Safe Kids Reminders; Car Seat Orders

Published on: 08/04/2017

Air Bag Inflator Ruptures, Kills Driver In Crash Near Tampa

Published on: 07/31/2017

Royal Palm teen killed, 7 injured, only 2 wearing seat belts, in Osceola County wreck

Published on: 07/31/2017

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

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

Published on: 06/20/2017

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

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

Florida OPRC News: Stipends Available; CPS Updates Upcoming

Published on: 01/13/2017

CPS Technical Updates Scheduled April 12 and 14

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

4 men killed in Frostproof crash; none wearing seat belts

Published on: 07/13/2015

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

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

Published on: 05/26/2015

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

Published on: 05/26/2015

Kissimmee: CIOT Campaign Targets Seat Belt Usage

Published on: 05/21/2015

Miami Beach Offers Free Child Car Seat Safety Checks

Published on: 05/19/2015

Governor Scott Signs 2015 CIOT Proclamation

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.

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.

Seat Belt Use in Fla. 2014 at Highest in History

Published on: 09/24/2014

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


Published on: 05/21/2014

Florida governor Rick Scott signs Click It or Ticket proclamation

Published on: 05/19/2014

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

2013 Florida Misuse Rates

Published on: 02/24/2014

Gathered from OPRC monthly reports Jan - Dec 2013

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

Published on: 02/24/2014

A required handout in the new CPST Curriculum

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

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

Published on: 10/02/2013

Florida's ban on texting is effective October 1st

Safe Kids Recertification Figures

Published on: 10/02/2013

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

Child Safety Seats Have Expiration Dates - Did You Know?

Published on: 10/06/2011