North Central Florida Safety Council
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
We promote safety and health by providing programs, resource services and educational materials to prevent or reduce both the personal and economic loss.

Basic Driver Improvement

The National Traffic Safety Institute 4 hour BASIC DRIVER IMPROVEMENT COURSE (BDI) has been approved by the Florida DHSMV as a Basic Driver Improvement Course and as a Traffic Collision and Avoidance (TCAC) Course.

Our in-person Defensive Driving Course is available for:

1.     Election by persons who have received a traffic violation

2.     Person who wants to be a safer driver.

Persons who have received a letter from Florida DHSMV notifying them of a requirement to take a Traffic Collision and Avoidance (TCAC) Course or BDI Course.

Businesses who wish to better train their drivers.

Insurance discounts: A new law went into effect on October 1, 1997. You may qualify for a discount worth up to 10% off your car insurance rate. Check with your insurance company to see if you qualify.




  If you got a traffic violation - now what?


If you elect the traffic school option, you must:

  • Notify the Clerk of the Court in the County where you received the citation.
  • The Clerk's office will advise you on electing the traffic school option.
  • Register for traffic school, complete within the time frame given by the Clerk of Court, and send the Clerk proof of completion.
  • In most cases, NCFSC will "upload" proof of completion within 48 hours.

What are the benefits of electing traffic school?

  • Adjudication is withheld...your driver's license record does not show a guilty finding.
  • No points are added to your driver's license record.
  • Current "Safe Driver" Status is retained on your driver's license record.
  • No insurance penalty - F.S. 626.9541 (o) -12: No insurer shall impose an additional premium, cancel a policy or issue a non-renewal notice on any insurance policy or contract because of any traffic infraction when adjudication has been withheld and no points have been assessed pursuant to s.318.14 (9) and (10). However, this subparagraph does not apply to traffic infractions involving accidents in which the insurer has incurred a loss due to the fault of the insured.

The North Central Florida Safety Council is the only not-for-profit traffic school in Alachua County. Serving Gainesville and Alachua County for over thirty years, our classes are instructor based so you have the benefit of question and answer interaction. The North Central Florida Safety Council is YOUR local chapter of the National Safety Council. Our revenue goes to fulfill our stated mission to promote safety education for our community and to reduce accidents, injuries, and deaths.




  How do you register, and for how much?


Course registration fee is $35.00. You must have citation number.

You may register:

  • In person and pay with cash $35, or register by phone with payment by credit/debit card $37.
  • BDI class schedule is on our calendar

If you are unable to take the class we offer in person, we have provided a link below to the National Traffic Safety Institute website to take it online.

Where are the classes offered:

  • In Gainesville the course is offered at the North Central Florida Safety Council Office.


This class qualifies as a Traffic Collision and Avoidance Course (TCAC).
Call (352) 377-2566 for information.