The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office created a new task force to target aggressive and reckless driving behaviors. According to the Sun-Sentinel, the task force’s most recent operation took place on January 27, 2011. On that day, Broward sheriff’s deputies, Florida Highway Patrol troopers, and other officers from surrounding counties worked together to target aggressive driving along Interstate 75 and the Sawgrass. In a four hour period, about 20 officers handed out more than 100 citations for reckless driving, careless driving, speeding, illegal lane changes, and tailgating.
According the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), aggressive driving has been on the rise over the past two decades. Between 1990 and 2007, aggressive driving increased nationwide by 51 percent. Moreover, in 2007, aggressive driving accounted for 66 percent of all traffic fatalities, and Florida specifically was one of the worst offenders.
So, what exactly is aggressive driving? According to the NHTSA, “most of us know it when we see it,” but the term is formally defined as “occurring when an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.” Florida law defines aggressive driving as committing two or more illegal and unsafe driving behaviors simultaneously or in rapid succession.
From these definitions, we can get an idea about the types of behaviors that aggressive driving task forces target. High speed driving, tailgating, careless weaving between lanes, and even racing are all on an aggressive driving task force’s radar. Additionally, the NHTSA considers running red lights, stop signs, and other traffic control devices to be among the most dangerous forms of aggressive driving.
Local authorities hope that an aggressive driving task force will bring attention to risky driving behaviors that too often result in fatalities.
If you were involved in a traffic accident involving aggressive driving, call the Fort Lauderdale injury attorneys at Anidjar & Levine today for a free consultation.