TACT – Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks
Another Safety and Education Campaign by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is underway. The safety and education campaign for TACT or Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks is in full swing from July 18, 2016 through July 29, 2016. The TACT campaign is directed towards the dangers of aggressive driving behaviors.
Aggressive driving is the act of committing a traffic offense. Aggressive driving may occur when a driver is in a hurry or is distracted. Some examples of aggressive driving include behaviors such as:
• Unsafe Lane Changes
• Following Too Closely or Tailgating
• Running Red Lights
As personal injury attorneys, we often see aggressive driving lead to motor vehicle crashes and severe personal injuries. When a driver makes an unsafe lane change, is following too closely, is speeding or disobeying traffic signals, that driver makes it more likely that a traffic crash will occur.
These acts of aggressive driving should not be confused with the acts of road rage. Road rage is considered a criminal offense. Many times road rage occurs as the result of an aggressive driving act. Examples of road rage include:
• Driving in an unsafe or threatening manner
• Throwing objects at another vehicle
• Forcing other drivers off the road
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, close to 80 percent of drivers admit to exhibiting at least one form of aggressive driving or road rage this past year. Their studies also show nearly eight million drivers in the U.S. have been involved in extreme forms of road rage, and that men are more likely to express significant anger while driving than women.
How to Avoid and Prevent Aggressive Driving or Road Rage
Since aggressive driving and road rage are a big threat to highway safety, AAA has provided some tips to help prevent and avoid aggressive driving and road rage. Some of these tips include:
• Avoid Eye Contact
• Maintain space and don’t tailgate
• Be Tolerant and Forgiving of other Drivers
• Don’t Make Gestures
For more information about aggressive driving behavior visit AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
To learn more about TACT, visit Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks.
When you need an Attorney
If you are victim of an accident involving aggressive driving or road rage it is important to hire an experienced attorney to represent you. The attorneys at Goldstein, Buckley, Cechman, Rice and Purtz have over 50 years of experience with personal injury cases. We have six offices in Southwest Florida. Our offices are located in Fort Myers (two offices to serve you), Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, and Port Charlotte for your convenience. Call us today to set up your appointment for a free consultation.