Florida Senate - 2012 CS for SB 1192 By the Committee on Transportation; and Senators Lynn and Bennett 596-02449-12 20121192c1 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 ss. 7 318.1451 and 322.0261, F.S.; requiring that, in 8 determining whether to approve courses offered by 9 driver improvement schools, the Department of Highway 10 Safety and Motor Vehicles consider course content 11 related to the study of traffic laws to assist legally 12 blind and mobility-impaired persons; amending s. 13 322.12, F.S.; providing requirements for examination 14 questions pertaining to traffic laws relating to 15 legally blind and mobility-impaired persons; amending 16 s. 322.095, F.S.; requiring certain traffic law 17 education programs to include the study of traffic 18 laws to assist legally blind and mobility-impaired 19 persons; amending s. 943.17, F.S.; requiring the basic 20 skills course required in order for law enforcement 21 officers to obtain certification to include the study 22 of traffic laws to assist legally blind and mobility 23 impaired persons; amending s. 1003.48, F.S.; requiring 24 driver education programs to include study of traffic 25 laws to assist legally blind and mobility-impaired 26 persons; providing an effective date. 27 28 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 29 30 Section 1. Law enforcement reports.—Each month, each law 31 enforcement agency in the state shall report crimes affecting 32 persons with disabilities, legally blind persons, and persons 33 who are mobility impaired to the Department of Law Enforcement 34 and report its enforcement of s. 316.1301, Florida Statutes, and 35 traffic laws to assist legally blind and mobility-impaired 36 persons to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. 37 The report to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor 38 Vehicles shall include incidents of crashes involving legally 39 blind persons and crashes involving mobility-impaired persons. 40 The Department of Law Enforcement and the Department of Highway 41 Safety and Motor Vehicles shall each provide procedures for the 42 collection and maintenance of the reports in the same manner as 43 other criminal activity and enforcement reports are collected 44 and maintained by that department. 45 Section 2. Paragraph (a) of subsection (2) of section 46 318.1451, Florida Statutes, is amended to read: 47 318.1451 Driver improvement schools.— 48 (2)(a) In determining whether to approve the courses 49 referenced in this section, the department shall consider course 50 content designed to promote safety, driver awareness, crash 51 avoidance techniques, and other factors or criteria to improve 52 driver performance from a safety viewpoint. The department shall 53 also consider course content that includes the study of s. 54 316.1301 and traffic laws to assist legally blind and mobility 55 impaired persons. 56 Section 3. Subsection (5) of section 322.0261, Florida 57 Statutes, is amended to read: 58 322.0261 Driver improvement course; requirement to maintain 59 driving privileges; failure to complete; department approval of 60 course.— 61 (5) In determining whether to approve a driver improvement 62 course for the purposes of this section, the department shall 63 consider course content designed to promote safety, driver 64 awareness, crash avoidance techniques, and other factors or 65 criteria to improve driver performance from a safety viewpoint. 66 The department shall also consider course content that includes 67 the study of s. 316.1301 and traffic laws to assist legally 68 blind and mobility-impaired persons. 69 Section 4. Subsection (6) is added to section 322.12, 70 Florida Statutes, to read: 71 322.12 Examination of applicants.— 72 (6) Each examination given for a Class E driver license or 73 a commercial driver license under this section must include one 74 question testing the applicant’s knowledge of s. 316.1301 and 75 traffic laws to assist legally blind and mobility-impaired 76 persons. In developing questions under this subsection, the 77 department shall emphasize pedestrian right of way when a driver 78 is making a right turn at an intersection. 79 Section 5. Subsection (1) of section 322.095, Florida 80 Statutes, is amended to read: 81 322.095 Traffic law and substance abuse education program 82 for driver
driver’slicense applicants.— 83 (1) The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 84 must approve traffic law and substance abuse education courses 85 that must be completed by applicants for a Florida driver 86 driver’slicense. The curricula for the courses must provide 87 instruction on the physiological and psychological consequences 88 of the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, the societal and 89 economic costs of alcohol and drug abuse, the effects of alcohol 90 and drug abuse on the driver of a motor vehicle, and the laws of 91 this state relating to the operation of a motor vehicle. The 92 curricula must also include the study of s. 316.1301 and traffic 93 laws to assist legally blind and mobility-impaired persons. All 94 instructors teaching the courses shall be certified by the 95 department. 96 Section 6. Subsection (5) of section 943.17, Florida 97 Statutes, is amended to read: 98 943.17 Basic recruit, advanced, and career development 99 training programs; participation; cost; evaluation.—The 100 commission shall, by rule, design, implement, maintain, 101 evaluate, and revise entry requirements and job-related 102 curricula and performance standards for basic recruit, advanced, 103 and career development training programs and courses. The rules 104 shall include, but are not limited to, a methodology to assess 105 relevance of the subject matter to the job, student performance, 106 and instructor competency. 107 (5) The commission, in consultation with the Florida 108 Violent Crime and Drug Control Council, shall establish 109 standards for basic and advanced training programs for law 110 enforcement officers in the subjects of investigating and 111 preventing violent crime. The curricula of every basic skills 112 course required in order for law enforcement officers to obtain 113 initial certification must include the study of s. 316.1301 and 114 traffic laws to assist legally blind and mobility-impaired 115 persons. After January 1, 1995, every basic skills course 116 required in order for law enforcement officers to obtain initial 117 certification must include training on violent crime prevention 118 and investigations. 119 Section 7. Subsection (1) of section 1003.48, Florida 120 Statutes, is amended to read: 121 1003.48 Instruction in operation of motor vehicles.— 122 (1) A course of study and instruction in the safe and 123 lawful operation of a motor vehicle shall be made available by 124 each district school board to students in the secondary schools 125 in the state. As used in this section, the term “motor vehicle” 126 shall have the same meaning as in s. 320.01(1)(a) and shall 127 include motorcycles and mopeds. Instruction in motorcycle or 128 moped operation may be limited to classroom instruction. The 129 curricula of every course must include the study of s. 316.1301 130 and traffic laws to assist legally blind and mobility-impaired 131 persons. The course shall not be made a part of, or a substitute 132 for, any of the minimum requirements for graduation. 133 Section 8. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012.