Feb 3

Cracking Down on Road Rage

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TRYING TO STOP AGGRESSIVE DRIVING

Florida is among the top seven states with the highest number of deaths due to aggressive drivers who are generally between 18 and 25. Aggressive tactics include deliberately running red lights, exceeding speed limits, improper passing and following another car too closely.

According to Tampa Bay Newspaper, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has stepped up traffic enforcement as road rage and aggressive driving multiplies in the midst of the area’s exploding population. Although “road rage” in itself is not an offense, the violations committed during an incident are and have become a major cause of accidents. Road rage and reckless driving are on the rise and have involved shootings, beatings and stabbings. It also is a major cause of car accidents, most of them involving other motorists who must dodge reckless drivers that cut in and out of traffic.

Like many of us who drive on U.S. Highway 19 and other roads in Pinellas County, Pinellas County Sheriff’s head of traffic enforcement, Sgt. Glenn Luben, has his own horror storiy of aggressive drivers. Sgt. Luben tells us of his own recent horror story involving a motorist weaving through traffic on the Bayside Bridge. Traveling at approximately 85 miles per hour during rush hour traffic, the driver almost clipped Luben’s personal car. “I counted no less than 27 violations in a span of about a mile,” Luben said, “and caught up with him at a light.”

Luben called for help and the driver was pulled over by deputies. Charged with multiple traffic violations, including reckless driving, Luben asked him why he drove so aggressively. “He said he was on the phone and didn’t realize what he was doing,” Luben said.

Didn’t realize what he was doing? Come on! Everyone has an obligation to drive carefully and with respect for others on the road. This kind of lackadaisical attitude results in too many Florida car accidents. Too many people are injured, if not killed, and families are devastated because of drivers like this.

“Approximately two-thirds of all fatalities are caused by aggressive driving,” Luben said. If you or a loved one has been injured by the acts of an aggressive driver, you should consult a lawyer who handles personal injury matters. Attorney Matthew Noyes’ law firm has been fighting for those injured in Florida car accidents for over 52 years. If you or a loved one has been injured because of the negligence of an aggressive driver, click here to contact Attorney Matthew Noyes.

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