Motorcycle Safety

Motorcycle Safety

Florida’s sunny weather, beautiful beaches, and scenic highways make it a popular place for motorcycle enthusiasts. The State also hosts popular motorcycle rallies such as Biketoberfest® and Daytona Bike Week. Florida’s growing population and popularity with motorcycle enthusiasts make motorcycle safety an important issue.

Florida continually Ranks in the top three states in the nation for motorcycle related fatalities.

To combat Motorcycle crashes, our efforts focus on :

  • Enforcement: Enforcing Traffic laws regarding motorcyclists and motor vehicles engaging motorcycles.

  • Communication Program: Public awareness and education regarding Motorcycle safety.

  • Education: the Citizens Motorcycle Course - S.M.A.R.T. You can find more training and educational information here:

Programs receiving grant funding in this priority area are focused on three major program related categories:

  • Problem Identification: Data collection and analysis to identify and develop countermeasures and awareness initiatives that lead to appropriate modifications in driver behavior.
  • Communication programs to ensure motorist watch for motorcyclists and to enhance compliance of traffic laws involving Motorcyclists.  
  • Enforcement Countermeasures: Enforcement to strategically address unsafe driving behavior of motorcyclists, proper licensing and other motorists who show a lack of awareness to a motorcyclist (violation right of way, etc.)

 Items eligible for funding under this category using (402 funds) may include overtime Enforcement, equipment, and public awareness materials.

All program areas funded with grant funds are required to have an evaluation method that will allow assessment of the funded program's level of success in reducing fatalities and injuries. For more information, see our Grants page.


Motorcycle violations are taken very seriously and the goal is to save lives. Law Enforcement agencies are expected to enforce traffic laws and have strict enforcement for improper licensing (no motorcycle endorsement).

Motorcycle Safety Grants

Section 405(f) of GHSA encourages States to adopt and implement effective programs to reduce the number of single-and multi-vehicle crashes involving motorcyclists.

Education Campaigns


 Drink + Ride = Lose

Ride Smart


   watch for motorcycles 

Our Partners

Broward County Sheriff's Office
Harley Davidson Dealers
Community Traffic Safety TeamMotorcycle Safety Foundation
Department of Health (FDOH)Motorcycle Training Site owners
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) MPO (Plancom)
Emergency Medical personnel National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami
Florida Law Enforcement Liaisons University of South Florida Center for Urban Transportation Research
Florida Rider Training Program (FRTP)Insurance
FDOT State and District Traffic Engineers
Various Motorcycle Clubs


Ride Smart FloridaFlorida Law Enforcement Liaison
Motorcycle Strategic Safety Plan2021 Motorcycles Traffic Safety Fact Sheet
2021 Florida Dept. of Health Motorcycle Safety ReportMotorcycle Safety Awareness


For more information contact Edith Peters @ (850) 414-4043


Page updated: February 26, 2024