Aggressive Driving In Florida On the Rise

In 2010, law enforcement officers statewide wrote 23,180 traffic tickets indicating the driver was driving aggressively. In 2003, that number was only 3,815.

Between 2008 and 2010 alone the number of drivers identified as aggressive increased 88 percent.

Are people in a much bigger hurry today than 10 years ago? Are officers choosing to classify a wider range of driving as “aggressive” and looking to issue more summonses in tougher economic times? Perhaps a combination of both is at work here.

In Florida, a driver is considered aggressive when he or she commits two or more specific violations at the same time. The infractions are speeding, tailgating, running red lights or stop signs, improperly changing lanes, improperly passing and failing to yield the right of way.

Drivers committing those infractions get tagged as aggressive drivers and could receive more points on their driving records.

While aggressive driving knows no particular driver age or vehicle type boundaries, a typical example might involve someone who is late to work driving too fast (speeding) and passing slower vehicles either unsafely or without signaling (improperly changing lanes).

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found in a 2009 report that 56 percent of deadly crashes involved driving behavior associated with aggressive driving.

Drivers continue to drive more and more aggressively despite the fact that they realize the danger. In annual surveys by the AAA Foundation drivers site aggressive driving as a serious problem and rank it up there with distracted driving and impaired driving as real threats to their safety.

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