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New Law Brings Back Fine Reduction for Florida Traffic School

Approved by Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis on March 2018, and Effective January 1st, a new law goes into effect for Florida drivers.  The bill says drivers who choose to take a Florida traffic school online (aka Florida Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDI) course for a ticket will get a reduction in their fine. This fine reduction benefit was removed several years back. The fine reduction is currently at 9% and will increase to 18% at start of 2020.  This increase goes a long way in saving driver’s money. The hope is that this will encourage drivers to take a course which in turn makes the roads a safer place across Florida.

Bill Text

Those interested in reading the full bill can go to http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0318/0318.html.  The bill is quite lengthy.  The portion particular to the new traffic school benefit begins on line 9 under 318.14 – Noncriminal traffic infractions; exception; procedures.

Benefits of American Safety Institute Traffic School

Taking a traffic school course in Florida provides drivers with several benefits. The first being that it keeps points from being added to a driver’s record.  The other main benefit is that it may allow the driver to get an auto insurance discount.  Now as of January 1st, 2018 drivers will also see a reduction in the fine amount by 18%.  So, what happens if a driver elects to take a course, pays the lower fine, and then fails to complete the course? The court can then impose a fine up to $18.00 and then assess the points assigned to the infraction(s).

If you decide that taking an online Florida traffic school course, American Safety Institute is your best option. Go to https://americansafetyinstitute.com/ and register today for a easy to use and convenient state approved course option.