In an effort to give law enforcement officers throughout the Sunshine State more leverage over aggressive driving, the Florida Legislature has enacted a statute called "Aggressive careless driving."
Under the statute, a motorist in Florida can be ticketed if they commit two or more of the following acts:
- Unsafe lane changing
- Improper passing
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Violating a traffic control signal
The statute allows the Florida Highway Patrol to conduct crackdowns on aggressive drivers by running campaigns throughout the year.
Over the course of more than a half-dozen crackdown campaigns, FHP issued over 80,000 aggressive driving citations.
In a larger sense, aggressive driving is on the rise in the United States, and the consequences are deadly.
A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that over half of all fatal crashes involved at least one driver who performed an aggressive action.