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Driving to Florida?
Touring Family
Compliments of of Florida State Archives Photographic Collection
The Elliott family seems to not have a care in the world as they tour the palm tree-lined Highway A1A in Palm Beach County in the 1960s. Life was simple then. Traffic jams were practically non-existent, gasoline was cheap and seat belt use was optional... if your car even had seat belts.

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It's the LAW!

  • In Florida it is perfectly legal to turn right at a red traffic light provided there is no traffic coming or a sign telling you otherwise.
  • The driver and front seat passenger must wear seat belts and every passenger in the vehicle under the age of 18 MUST be restrained by a safety belt or by a child restraint device, regardless of seating position.
  • Florida law requires all children five years of age or younger be restrained in a proper child restraint system.
  • Do NOT drink and drive! Florida has one of the toughest DUI laws in the U.S. Before you get behind the wheel of a vehicle in Florida, know the law.
  • Florida’s “Move Over Act," passed in 2002, requires drivers to move over to the next lane or slow down (at least 20 miles below the posted speed limit) while approaching emergency vehicles that are stopped on interstate or other highways.
  • Beware of Florida's red light cameras at major intersections. Snapshots of red light runners are reviewed by law enforcement and citations issued via mail.

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