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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  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 and register today for a easy to use and convenient state approved course option.