Who is the Florida Safety Council?

The Florida Safety Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing injuries across the Sunshine State. Citizens founded the council in 1953 with the goal of making roads safer for everyone. In the years since, the council grew to include workplace safety, alcohol-related programs, behavioral management for young people, and public service campaigns.

The Florida Safety Council provides these classes and more:

  • First-time driver
  • Driving under 25
  • Senior driving
  • Insurance discounts
  • Aggressive driving
  • Collision avoidance
  • Anger management (adult and juvenile)
  • Juvenile shoplifting
  • Marijuana awareness
  • Life skills
  • Alcohol and drug intake monitoring
  • Occupational safety
  • Commercial driving
  • Public safety technician training

Although the council provides all of these services, many people know the organization for its Driving Under the Influence (DUI) programs. When drivers receive citations or get into accidents for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the courts often refer offenders to the safety council. The council then requires citizens to complete specific courses, depending on the nature of the offense, how many times a person received DUIs, and the goal of the courses.

FLBH and the Florida Safety Council

FLBH provides many of the classes and services for court-ordered treatment. In partnership with the Florida Safety Council, people can find all of the following at FLBH:

  • SAP evaluation
  • Urinanalysis
  • Psychiatric services
  • Group classes

Not only can these services meet the court-ordered requirements, but they improve lives. People often get DUI citations due to substance addiction, which is a serious mental disorder. FLBH provides compassionate care for people who live with addiction and their loved ones.

In some cases, these DUI services help patients avoid trial and the many sentences that a guilty verdict can bring. Other times, they come to these courses as part of their sentences. No matter the situation, FLBH ensures legal compliance and personal compassion.

What Happens During a DUI Treatment Class

DUI treatment classes aim to educate attendees on the dangers of driving under the influence, address the need for addiction treatment, and discuss ways to make safer choices. The exact nature of the discussion depends on which type of class the court orders. Goals include:

  • Understanding Florida driving laws, such as those regarding open container and blood alcohol levels
  • Determine whether a person needs addiction treatment
  • Educating attendees on the effects that drugs and alcohol have on decision making, reaction times, and driving
  • Give people tools to help them avoid these situations in the future
  • Review the court system as it relates to DUIs
  • Help people understand the emotional, physical, and societal impacts of their decisions

The ultimate goal is to end impaired driving and make Florida road safer for everyone.

Certified and well-trained educators lead each DUI treatment class that the Florida Safety Council approves. These educators use group discussions, lectures, slideshows, and videos to meet the goals of the class. Some courses require more group participation than others, but attendees should always come prepared to discuss these issues with the group of peers.

Courses can get uncomfortable as attendees struggle with guilt, anger, sadness, and any number of other emotions. The educators can give attendees the space to feel these emotions and ways to cope with them.

How Many Classes are Required?

Each type and level of class includes different requirements. FLBH and the Florida Safety Council provide several types of DUI treatment classes, including:

  • DUI Level 1 for first-time offenders: Includes 12 hours of group classes and a one-hour evaluation for mental illness.
  • DUI Level 2 for repeat offenders: Requires 21 hours of high-engagement coursework and a psychological evaluation.
  • Victim awareness: Two-hour courses use real-life situations to demonstrate the dangers of violating Florida driving laws.
  • Pretrial Diversion Tier 1: Includes a $500 fee, victim impact classes, DUI courses, and 10-day vehicle impoundment.
  • Pretrial Diversion Tier 2: Includes DUI classes, ignition interlock for six months, random urinalysis, and a $1,000 contribution.

If courts order you or someone you love to attend DUI treatment courses through the Florida Safety Council, you can turn to FLBH for help. We will guide you through the legal requirements and meet you with compassionate care. Call one of our treatment centers today to see which classes you need.