Tailgating can be dangerous. No, I’m not talking about hanging out in the parking lot before the Bucs or Tampa Bay Rays game, I’m talking about what too many people do on the Florida roads every day.
Tailgating can cause car accidents. State law allows police to ticket drivers who are two seconds or less behind the car in front of them. Florida Statute 316.0895 states as follows:
(1) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the highway.
(2) It is unlawful for the driver of any motor truck, motor truck drawing another vehicle, or vehicle towing another vehicle or trailer, when traveling upon a roadway outside of a business or residence district, to follow within 300 feet of another motor truck, motor truck drawing another vehicle, or vehicle towing another vehicle or trailer. The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to prevent overtaking and passing nor shall the same apply upon any lane specially designated for use by motor trucks or other slow-moving vehicles.
Now, police have a high-tech tool to help crack down on tailgating and reduce rear-end car accidents. The laser tool is similar to the radar guns commonly used to catch speeders. However, this tool measures the time that elapses between cars.
Tampa police got a $48,000 state grant to buy 12 of the devices. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office already has two of the devices in use. Having accurate proof of the distance between cars will help police make case in court.
Enjoy tailgating before the Rays and Bucs games, but don’t do it on the road. Tailgating causes aggressive driving and automobile accidents. It also can cost you a hefty fine. So, avoid it.
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