Aggressive Driving Laws-Overview

Aggressive driving puts a threat to the life and safety of the pedestrians and the motorists.  Aggressive drivers are the people who violate the road rules.  Aggressive driving has been defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner which endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.”  Certain instances of aggressive driving are: Improper overtaking/passing, violating the traffic control devices, speeding beyond the limit, disobeying the traffic signal, changing lane rashly, not stopping for an ambulance/school bus, not slowing down at a school crossing, not keeping sufficient distance between the vehicle in front, etc.

According to NHTSA roughly one-third of motor vehicle accidents resulting to death is caused by aggressive driving.  Most of all the states have driving rules which covers many of the reckless driving behaviors.  In the past few years many states have enacted specific statutes which govern aggressive driving.  

Until mid 2009, 11 states have enacted state specific statues to govern aggressive driving.  Additionally, California and Utah have made amendments to their existing reckless driving laws to add aggressive driving.  Pennsylvania has passed a special resolution to deter aggressive driving.  However, Florida state laws have prohibited the enforcement of aggressive driving laws in the state.


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