Florida Senate - 2012 SB 1192 By Senator Lynn 7-01334A-12 20121192__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to persons with disabilities; 3 requiring law enforcement agencies to report certain 4 criminal activity and enforcement of certain laws to 5 the Department of Law Enforcement and the Department 6 of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles; amending s. 7 322.12, F.S.; providing requirements for examination 8 questions pertaining to traffic laws relating to 9 legally blind and mobility impaired persons; amending 10 s. 322.095, F.S.; requiring certain traffic law 11 education programs to include the study of traffic 12 laws to assist legally blind and mobility impaired 13 persons; amending s. 943.17, F.S.; requiring the basic 14 skills course required in order for law enforcement 15 officers to obtain certification to include the study 16 of traffic laws to assist legally blind and mobility 17 impaired persons; amending s. 1003.48, F.S.; requiring 18 driver education programs to include study of traffic 19 laws to assist legally blind and mobility impaired 20 persons; providing an effective date. 21 22 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 23 24 Section 1. Law enforcement reports.—Each month, each law 25 enforcement agency in the state shall report crimes affecting 26 persons with disabilities, legally blind persons, and persons 27 who are mobility impaired to the Department of Law Enforcement 28 and report its enforcement of s. 316.1301, Florida Statutes, and 29 traffic laws to assist legally blind and mobility impaired 30 persons to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. 31 The report to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor 32 Vehicles shall include incidents of crashes involving legally 33 blind persons and crashes involving mobility impaired persons. 34 The Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Highway 35 Safety and Motor Vehicles shall each provide procedures for the 36 collection and maintenance of the reports in the same manner as 37 other criminal activity and enforcement reports are collected 38 and maintained by that department. 39 Section 2. Subsection (6) is added to section 322.12, 40 Florida Statutes, to read: 41 322.12 Examination of applicants.— 42 (6) Each examination given for a Class E driver license or 43 a commercial driver license under this section must include one 44 question testing the applicant’s knowledge of s. 316.1301 and 45 traffic laws to assist legally blind and mobility impaired 46 persons. In developing questions under this subsection, the 47 department shall emphasize pedestrian right of way when a driver 48 is making a right turn at an intersection. 49 Section 3. Subsection (1) of section 322.095, Florida 50 Statutes, is amended to read: 51 322.095 Traffic law and substance abuse education program 52 for driver
driver’slicense applicants.— 53 (1) The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 54 must approve traffic law and substance abuse education courses 55 that must be completed by applicants for a Florida driver 56 driver’slicense. The curricula for the courses must provide 57 instruction on the physiological and psychological consequences 58 of the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, the societal and 59 economic costs of alcohol and drug abuse, the effects of alcohol 60 and drug abuse on the driver of a motor vehicle, and the laws of 61 this state relating to the operation of a motor vehicle. The 62 curricula must also include the study of s. 316.1301 and traffic 63 laws to assist legally blind and mobility impaired persons. All 64 instructors teaching the courses shall be certified by the 65 department. 66 Section 4. Subsection (5) of section 943.17, Florida 67 Statutes, is amended to read: 68 943.17 Basic recruit, advanced, and career development 69 training programs; participation; cost; evaluation.—The 70 commission shall, by rule, design, implement, maintain, 71 evaluate, and revise entry requirements and job-related 72 curricula and performance standards for basic recruit, advanced, 73 and career development training programs and courses. The rules 74 shall include, but are not limited to, a methodology to assess 75 relevance of the subject matter to the job, student performance, 76 and instructor competency. 77 (5) The commission, in consultation with the Florida 78 Violent Crime and Drug Control Council, shall establish 79 standards for basic and advanced training programs for law 80 enforcement officers in the subjects of investigating and 81 preventing violent crime. The curricula of every basic skills 82 course required in order for law enforcement officers to obtain 83 initial certification must include the study of s. 316.1301 and 84 traffic laws to assist legally blind and mobility impaired 85 persons. After January 1, 1995, every basic skills course 86 required in order for law enforcement officers to obtain initial 87 certification must include training on violent crime prevention 88 and investigations. 89 Section 5. Subsection (1) of section 1003.48, Florida 90 Statutes, is amended to read: 91 1003.48 Instruction in operation of motor vehicles.— 92 (1) A course of study and instruction in the safe and 93 lawful operation of a motor vehicle shall be made available by 94 each district school board to students in the secondary schools 95 in the state. As used in this section, the term “motor vehicle” 96 shall have the same meaning as in s. 320.01(1)(a) and shall 97 include motorcycles and mopeds. Instruction in motorcycle or 98 moped operation may be limited to classroom instruction. The 99 curricula of every course must include the study of s. 316.1301 100 and traffic laws to assist legally blind and mobility impaired 101 persons. The course shall not be made a part of, or a substitute 102 for, any of the minimum requirements for graduation. 103 Section 6. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.