What is considered aggressive at the wheel?
- Changing lanes abruptly without first activating the turning lights.
- Following the vehicle ahead of you and passing it violently.
- Not respecting the distance between vehicles.
- Harassing other drivers with rude gestures and expressions.
- Stopping suddenly and making a violent turn.
- Zigzagging between vehicles.
How to deal with an aggressive driver?
- Ignore it
- Do not make eye contact.
- Do not respond to rude gestures or screams.
- If you feel harassed and in danger that the situation may reach another level, then stop and let the other vehicle pass or accelerate, and evade it by taking the next exit if you are on the highway.
- Do not get out of the car because it serves as a shelter, both to protect yourself and to avoid assaulting someone.
- Try to take a picture of the license plate and get a description of the vehicle and the individual, as long as you are not exposed to danger.
Is there a solution?
- Leave earlier.
- Do not leave in a hurry.
- Have patience.
- One of the biggest challenges DPD has is maintaining order in city traffic. There are 13 officers on motorcycles dedicated exclusively to traffic. Similarly, patrols enforce the laws.
- During the summer, DPD collaborated with the Florida Department of Transportation. They regularly campaign to educate drivers on various topics.
A rushed and impatient driver can become aggressive and end up angry at the wheel or in a tragic situation.
There is the right to self-defense, but because of a traffic jam, emotions and adrenaline are high and can go to another level.
Anger behind the wheel has always existed, it shows more nowadays because there is more traffic and more people. People lose patience and sanity easily.
There are physical aggressions that result in injuries and in major cases, in death.
Keep in mind that we all have the same right in the streets.
The police officer must personally witness the act of driving aggressively in order to act before the law. Recording a video is not strong enough evidence, even if the license plate is registered.
The legal consequences for an aggressive driver will depend on the violation of traffic he/she commits and what the situation develops into.
Source: Rey Valdes, Public Information Officer