In 2020, there were over 2 million citations issued to drivers in the state of Florida according to data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. In fact, there were more traffic citations issued in 2020 than in 2019, despite the impact of COVID-19 reducing the total number of citations issued earlier in the year. In 2019 there were 1,926,832 total citations issued, compared to 2,055,566 in 2020, an increase of nearly 7%.

Criminal Traffic Citations

FL Criminal Driving Citations 2020

The table below shows criminal traffic citation statistics in Florida for 2020 and account for citations issued by the Florida Highway Patrol, city police departments, sheriff’s departments and other agencies. These are the definitions of each citation:

  • DUI = DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
  • RECKLESS DR = RECKLESS DRIVING
  • LV SCENE ACC = LEAVING SCENE OF ACCIDENT
  • FLEEING = FLEEING OR ATTEMPTING TO ELUDE A POLICE OFFICER
  • NO/IMP/EXP DL = NO / IMPROPER / EXPIRED DRIVER LICENSE
  • Dr/DL/SUS/RV = DRIVING WHILE LICENSE SUSPENDED OR REVOKED (DWLSR)
  • Vio/DL/= REST VIOLATION OF DRIVER LICENSE RESTRICTION
  • UNL/USE/DL = UNLAWFUL USE OF DRIVER LICENSE
  • NO/IMP/Exp Tag = NO / IMPROPER / EXPIRED VEHICLE TAG
CITATION FHP CityPD ShrfDept Other Total Violations
DUI 5803 13952 17072 483 37310
RECKLESS DR 850 2342 1766 640 5598
LV SCENE ACC 2855 6103 3780 197 12935
FLEEING 231 2405 2923 126 5685
RACING ON HWY 239 443 285 5 972
NO/IMP/EXP DL 10211 28623 24610 401 63845
DR/DL/SUS/RV 10197 43873 42916 862 97848
VIO/DL/REST 37 109 139 9 294
UNL/USE/DL 102 728 377 25 1232
NO/IMP/EXP TAG 3275 16595 12569 212 32651
OTHER CRIME 1127 5078 4751 287 11243
TOTALS 34927 120251 111188 3247 269613

 

Non-Criminal Traffic Citations

non-criminal citations Florida 2020

While these aren’t criminal driving violations, these are some of the most common reasons for motor vehicle collisions, injuries and crash fatalities every year in Florida according to the LaBovic Law Group, a personal injury law firm in South Florida. Not surprisingly, speeding was the most common traffic citation issued in the state. The second most issued citation was red light camera citations, which had 173,216 more in 2020 than in 2019.

red light camera citations chart

The table below shows non-criminal traffic citation statistics in Florida for 2020. As the citation names in the table have been shortened, these are the full definitions of each citation:

  • Spd Post Zone = SPEEDING IN POSTED ZONE
  • Spd /To F/Cond = SPEED TO FAST FOR CONDITIONS / FAILURE TO USE DUE CARE
  • Careless Dr = CARELESS DRIVING
  • Fl/Yld/R-O-W = FAILURE TO YIELD RIGHT OF WAY
  • R/Stop Sign = RAN STOP SIGN
  • Ran Red Light = RAN RED LIGHT
  • Tr/Cntl/Dev = VIOLATION OF TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE
  • Imp Turn = IMPROPER TURN
  • Imp Passing = IMPROPER PASSING
  • Follow/Close = FOLLOWING TOO CLOSE
  • W/Side of Rd = DRIVING ON WRONG SIDE OF ROAD
  • Imp Lane Chg = IMPROPER LANE CHANGE
  • Imp Backing = IMPROPER BACKING
  • Dr/W-O/Light = DRIVING WITHOUT LIGHTS
  • Fail/Dim/Lights = FAILURE TO DIM LIGHTS
  • Exc Bumper Hgt = EXCESSIVE BUMPER HEIGHT
  • Child Restraint = CHILD RESTRAINT
CITATION FHP CityPD ShrfDept Other Total Violations
SPD POST ZONE 174838 185421 184585 2911 547755
SPD /TO F/COND 1506 2818 699 61 5084
CARELESS DR 57761 61613 20368 348 140090
UNK DR/DL/SUS/RV 14365 32429 24464 364 71622
FL/YLD/R-O-W 17665 24249 9656 193 51763
R/STOP SIGN 7005 32777 12670 66 52518
RED LIGHT CAMERA 30 141015 35077 10471 186593
RAN RED LIGHT 4768 20673 9287 260 34988
TR/CNTL/DEV 9816 37581 16962 315 64674
IMP TURN 3705 9508 3030 14 16257
F/T/S SCHOOL BUS 75 616 1108 5 1804
IMP PASSING 4049 4698 3971 219 12937
FOLLOW/CLOSE 1950 7671 4061 9 13691
W/SIDE OF RD 1304 3498 1691 31 6524
IMP LANE CHG 16507 15719 5613 67 37906
IMP BACKING 2341 7974 1971 59 12345
TEXT/DRIVING(M) 187 946 382 3 1518
DR/W-O/LIGHT 602 3184 1693 14 5493
FAIL/DIM/LIGHTS 139 776 393 5 1313
CHILD RESTRAINT 1006 2360 2174 43 5583
TOLL VIOLATIONS 747 17 8 19002 19774
OTHER MOV 11654 18090 10963 196 40903
TOTALS 332020 613633 350826 34656 1331135

Non-Moving Violations

non-moving violations Florida 2020

The table below shows non-criminal traffic citation statistics in Florida for 2020. These are the full definitions of each citation listed.

  • Load/Leak/DP = LOAD DROPPING / SHIFTING / LEAKING / BLOWING OFF & NOT COVERED
  • Over/W/L/Hgt = EXCEEDING MAXIMUM HEIGHT / LENGTH / WIDTH FOR VEHICLE OPERATION
  • IMP Parking = IMPROPER PARKING
  • No Helmet = NO  HEADGEAR OR IMPROPER HEADGEAR
  • Def/Unsafe Equip = DEFECTIVE / UNSAFE EQUIPMENT
CITATION FHP CityPD ShrfDept Other Total Violations
LOAD/LEAK/DP 556 195 227 4 982
IMP PARKING 554 4140 1693 22 6409
NO HELMET 106 1243 415 9 1773
DEF/UNSAFE EQUIP 5138 19600 7862 98 32698
SEAT BELT VIOL 14497 19425 14686 96 48704
EXP/FAIL DISP DL 10766 20709 12272 173 43920
EXP/FAIL DISP TAG 29197 81025 37671 769 148662
NO PROOF OF INSUR. 24893 59988 32336 202 117419
TEXTING/DRIVING 892 1280 543 14 2729
BICYCLE/PED 488 2994 2122 119 5723
OTHER 11095 21751 12708 244 45798
TOTALS 98182 232350 122535 1750 454817

 

Note: If you are on this page because you are looking for information on your traffic citation in Florida, click the link for the county in the table below where you received your citation.

Alachua Franklin Lee Pinellas
Baker Gadsden Leon Polk
Bay Gilchrist Levy Putnam
Bradford Glades Liberty St. Johns
Brevard Gulf Madison St. Lucie
Broward Hamilton Manatee Santa Rosa
Calhoun Hardee Marion Sarasota
Charlotte Hendry Martin Seminole
Citrus Hernando Miami-Dade Sumter
Clay Highlands Monroe Suwannee
Collier Hillsborough Nassau Taylor
Columbia Holmes Okaloosa Union
DeSoto Indian River Okeechobee Volusia
Dixie Jackson Orange Wakulla
Duval Jefferson Osceola Walton
Escambia Lafayette Palm Beach Washington
Flagler Lake Pasco