Aggressive driving is a growing concern on California’s roadways.
Across the country, crash statistics show that more than 13,000 people
have been injured or killed since 1990 in accidents caused by aggressive driving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines
aggressive driving as “when individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses
so as to endanger other persons or property.” Common violations
committed by aggressive drivers include speeding, following too closely,
passing without sufficient clearance, improper lane change, driving on
the wrong side of the road, improper turning movements and driving in
violation of distracted driving laws.
To reduce the frequency of aggressive driving accidents, the California
Highway Patrol recently embarked on a yearlong enforcement campaign. “Despite
our strenuous educational efforts, excessive speed, coupled with aggressive
driving, consistently cause a high percentage of fatal and injury collisions,”
said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “These drivers are not only a
danger to themselves, but to every single driver whose path they cross.”
In addition to the efforts of the CHP, below are several tips for dealing
with an aggressive driver:
- Remain calm
- Keep your distance from the vehicle
- Do not pass unless you have to
- Change lanes once it is safe
- If you cannot change lanes and an aggressive driver is behind you, stay
where you are, maintain the proper speed and do not respond with hostile gestures.
- If you feel your safety is threatened, do not hesitate to call 911.