Florida Cracks Down On Aggressive Drivers

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: 

  • Speeding
  • Unsafe lane changing
  • Tailgating
  • 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.

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