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Drowsy driver in trafficAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two-thirds of all traffic fatalities involve behaviors commonly associated with aggressive driving. Although speeding is the most common behavior, anything that places other people, vehicles, or property at risk is considered aggressive driving. Most actions connected with aggressive driving are illegal.

Sound familiar?

It’s easy to see these actions on a page and condemn them, but the truth is the behaviors below probably sound familiar. That’s why it’s so important to remember to slow down and be watchful of those around you.

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A Familiar Routine

Traffic light changing to yellowImagine this: You’re 10 minutes late for work and decide to drive a little over the speed limit to make up some time. You’re minutes from work when you see a signal light up ahead of you turn yellow. You’re already late and so you step on the gas. You really weren’t close enough to make it, but there’s no time to spare. Your heart begins to race as you fly through the intersection just after the light turns red.

This is just one example that happens every day. Sometimes there is no crash and everyone goes about their business like nothing ever happened.

Sometimes that red light is the last thing a person ever sees.

2/3 of fatalities

Of all traffic fatalities, two out of three involve behaviors associated with aggressive driving


The average cost of an aggressive driving fine is $195

Up to $402

A speeding ticket can cost anywhere between $92 to $402

It’s the Law, Not a Suggestion

  • Tickets for most aggressive behaviors, like unsafe passing, tailgating, failure to obey signals and signage will result in a $195 fine.
  • Fines for speeding vary from $92 to $402 while violations in roadwork zones could be double.
  • Use of a radar-jamming device is illegal and carries the fine of $195.
  • A license can be suspended for several reasons related to aggressive driving such as reckless driving, excessive speeding, or numerous traffic violations.
  • If deemed a habitual offender in a six-year period, a license can be barred for two to six years.

What you can do

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ignore aggressive behavior

Even if an aggressive driver tempts you, don’t play games. Ignore rude gestures and honking.

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be courteous

Courteous driving encourages others to do the same. Aggressive driving pushes others to drive the same too. Drive the way you want others to drive.

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see danger? pull over and call 911

If you see dangerous situation, pull over in a safe place and call 911 with applicable details.

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be a little late

Remember that being a little late never killed anyone. The same thing can’t be said for speeding.

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Take a deep breath or listen to some music. Getting upset won’t shorten your trip, but it may shorten your life.

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plan ahead

Avoid the worst congestion and allow yourself plenty of time to travel.

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always buckle up

Buckle up. Every seat, every time.

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