Why Take a Florida DATA Course?
Getting a driver’s license is like getting a taste of freedom, but before people in the state of Florida can obtain their driver’s licenses, they must take a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse (TLSAE) course, as well as the Florida DMV drug and alcohol test, which is essentially the permit test. This is especially important for teens since substance abuse combined with motor vehicle use can be a major problem for young drivers.
In 2016, a study showed that 16.4% of teens will ride with a drinking driver, and 5.4% of teens will drive after drinking. Another issue is teens getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs. Over 10% of teens will drive after using marijuana and 16.4% of teens will ride with a marijuana-using driver. In order to prevent these dangerous habits from continuing, the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) requires any first-time drivers to complete a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse (TLSAE) course, before obtaining their driver learner’s permit, restricted permit or unrestricted operators license.
No longer do you have to go to an in-person traffic school, though. American Safety Council® offers a 4-Hour Florida Drug and Alcohol course that is easy-to-use and 100% online at FirstTimeDriver.com. To learn more about the Florida DHSMV-approved course and what steps must be taken to obtain your Florida license, keep reading.
The Florida Drug and Alcohol Test Defined
The Florida DHSMV wants to ensure that all drivers are educated on drugs, alcohol and traffic awareness (DATA) before getting their licenses and getting on the road. That is why they require all first-time drivers—or those who have never had a license before—to complete a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education (TLSAE) course. The TLSAE course is also called the DATA course, drug and alcohol course, first-time driver’s course, permit course or simply, driver’s ed. You must complete this course before applying for your Florida learner’s permit.
Additionally, the Florida DHSMV requires any Florida drivers under the age of 21 who have received a notice of suspension for driving with a blood alcohol content of .02 to .05 to complete a TLSAE course to reinstate their driver’s licenses.
Florida DMV Drug and Alcohol Test
Just as the TLSAE course is referred to by many names, the DMV drug and alcohol test is often referred to as the permit test as well. It can be taken in person or online. The test is to be taken after you have completed the course so if you want an affordable, easy-to-access, flexible online course (and exam), you can visit FirstTimeDriver.com and sign up for the DATA course and permit exam.
Our Online Course
As an industry leader in driver education, American Safety Council provides a state-approved online drug and alcohol course and exam through FirstTimeDriver.com that is accessible, quick and easy to understand. Whether you wish to take just the course or the course with the permit exam, we guarantee the following: