This training course was developed in cooperation with the Florida Department of Transportation and the USDOT’s Transportation Safety Institute (TSI) and produced by the University of South Florida’s (USF) Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR). Florida’s transit system may use this training course to train their operators and other key staff on Florida and agency rules, policies and restrictions on the use of wireless technologies while operating a public transit vehicle.

The Instructor Guide is meant to be printed and to serve as a guide for Florida’s transit trainers. Both the PowerPoint presentation and video should be incorporated into the classroom training. The Participant Guide is to be provided to each learner along with a copy of the agency's policy on the use of wireless devices.

Course Goals:
The goal of the “Curbing Transit Operator Distracted Driving Training Course” is to teach public transportation employees about the dangers and consequences of driving distracted. This course examines what distracted driving is, and how it has affected the public transportation industry. In addition, participants learn about their agency's policies and procedures for non-agency authorized wireless technologies, as well as relevant state laws and regulations.

Course Objectives:
At the conclusion of this training course, participants will be able to:

  • Define the term “distracted”
  • Describe the risk of driving while distracted
  • Identify tips for preventing distracted driving
  • Interpret the regulations, laws, and company policies related to wireless devices

Training Materials:
This training program may be customized to include agency specific policies and procedures, as well as state laws and regulations. There have been place holders inserted into the PowerPoint presentation to allow an instructor to insert their agency’s policies and procedures. It is critical for instructors to thoroughly review each element of their agency’s policy on wireless devices and for participants to clearly understand the policy. This course will examine what distracted driving is, and how it has affected the public transportation industry.

Required Training Materials: (right click and "Save Target As")

Should be used in conjunction with the “Curbing Transit Operator Distracted Driving” training video.


Curbing Transit Operator Distract Driving
Training Video

Videos are available for streaming only and cannot be downloaded.

Streaming Video (for FDOT Staff)

Examples of Distracted Driving Policies:

Florida Agencies
Sample Policy 1 Sample Policy 2 Sample Policy 3
Sample Policy 4 Sample Policy 5 Sample Policy 6
Disclaimer: These sample policies are to be used as examples only. For the most current up-to-date policies please contact the agencies directly.

Post Training Activity Report:

A list of training participants must be sent to Lisa Staes within 30 days of the training class.


Distracted Driving Computer Based Training:

The 20-minute FDOT Curbing Transit Operator Distracted Driving Computer Based Training (CBT) offers transit trainers and operators a self-paced, online training program on the dangers and consequences of driving distracted, by using several modes of media including video, photography, and narration.

The CBT must be completed in its entirety and at the end of Module 5 a test will be administered. In order to successfully complete the CBT a score of at least 70% is required. If a score of 70% of higher is earned a certificate of completion will appear. This certificate of completion must be printed for your records. If a score of 69% or less is earned the certificate will indicated that you have failed the course. The course may be taken as many times as necessary for an individual to successfully complete the modules.

Successful completion of the CBT is required for all transit operator trainers who plan of teaching the classroom version of the FDOT Curbing Transit Operator Distracted Driving Computer Bases Training (CBT).

American Public Transportation Association (APTA):
APTA Standards Development Program Recommended Best Practices
Reducing Driver-Controlled Distractions While Operating a Vehicle on Agency Time
Reducing Agency-Controlled Distractions While Operating a Vehicle on Agency Time

Sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation
Produced at the Center for Urban Transportation Research, University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Ave, CUT100
Tampa, FL 33620-5375
FDOT Project Manager: Victor Wiley, Victor.Wiley@dot.state.fl.us
CUTR: Lisa Staes, staes@cutr.usf.edu