It’s not socially acceptable to drive under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol, but how about driving under the influence of “impaired emotions,” like aggression or anger? As an experienced Gainesville auto accident attorney, I know that the first step in increasing public road safety is defining the problem and educating. So, what is Aggressive Driving? This article will explain.
Aggressive driving is driving under the influence of “impaired emotions,” and it’s responsible for two-thirds of auto-related fatalities every year-four times greater than DUI fatalities.
Florida law defines “aggressive careless driving,” under F.S. §318.1923 (2009), as exhibiting two or more of the following behaviors simultaneously or in succession:
- exceeding the posted speed limit by 15 mph or more;
- unsafely or improperly changing lanes;
- following a vehicle too closely;
- failing to yield the right of way;
- improperly passing; or
- violating traffic control and signal devices.
The Florida DHMSV defines aggressive driving as “the act of operating a motor vehicle in a selfish, bold, or pushy manner, without regard for the rights or safety of others.”
An aggressive drivers takes their frustration out on the road. According to the NHTSA, an aggressive driver will: run red lights and stop signs; speed; tailgate; weave in and out of traffic; pass on the right; scream and honk; flash lights; and make threatening facial and hand gestures.
While Aggressive driving is not “road rage,” it may escalate into road rage, defined as a felonious assault by one driver/passenger on another driver/passenger.
The physiological effects of anger include a spike in adrenaline, lack of oxygen, increased blood pressure, and impaired brain functioning. Does that sound like a safe driver?
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I am local accident attorney Jeffrey Meldon and I strongly believe that public education is the first step in the prevention of and/or recovery from a serious accident. My office and I take pride in our work, and the results we get for our clients.
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