FHP Will Be More Assertive About Aggressive Driving Citations

This video is a segment from WPTV-TV discussing a crackdown by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) on aggressive driving during the final three days of February this year. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported on March 8, 2012, that the statewide campaign resulted in 67 citations for aggressive driving, which involves two or more violations at once involving some combination of speeding, tailgating, running red lights or stop signs, improperly changing lanes, improperly passing or failing to yield right of way.

The push to stop aggressive driving did not end once March began, however. Rather, an FHP press release stated that troopers once again orchestrated crackdowns from March 30 through April 4 as part of the second phase of Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT), and the Sun-Sentinel reported the FHP would again be targeting aggressive drivers on May 9 and 10.

Of course, aggressive driving is not something that you should avoid doing simply to avoid receiving a ticket. According to the Sun-Sentinel, the FHP says that 88 percent of auto accidents are attributable to the behavior of drivers. Furthermore, the Sun-Sentinel also noted that “law enforcement officers statewide wrote 23,180 traffic tickets indicating the driver was driving aggressively” in 2010, more than six times the 3,815 issued in 2003.

On Friday, we will discuss some specific reminders all motorists should keep in mind on the highways to help ensure they are driving safely and, thus, reduce the risk of receiving a ticket classified as an aggressive driving violation.

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