Aggressive Drivers Beware

Aggressive drivers are catching the attention of law enforcement. An increased number of complaints about aggressive driving in Leon County are putting undercover patrol cars on the road looking for violators.

Kathy Steverson says she's disturbed by the way some people drive.

"It's very bad in Tallahassee."

She says she sees the aggressive behavior on the road all the time, drivers swerving in and out of traffic, following too closely with, it would seem, no regard for the safety of others.

Steverson says it worries her, especially with her young son in the car.

"Not only is it my life, it's my child's life, but as an aggressive driver they don't care; they're not thinking about it."

Complaints about aggressive driving are inundating the Leon County Sheriff's Office, so deputies are going after the behavior defined in a Florida CDL Handbook as "an act of operating a motor vehicle in a selfish, bold, or pushy manner."

Deputy Tony Leon says the scary part is most of the aggressive drivers he's pulled over didn't even realize their driving was considered aggressive.

"All they know, they've got to get home and this is the way and you're slowing me down."

All it takes is two offenses for an aggressive driving citation in Florida. An example: driving too close behind another vehicle, too fast. Some other behaviors considered aggressive are making frequent and unsafe lane changes, failing to use turn signals, or failing to obey traffic signs and signals. Another big offense local law enforcement see on area roads is running red lights.

A violation will not just going to cost you; it's six points on your license in Florida and Georgia. And if you're under 21 in the Peach State, aggressive driving could cost you your license.

Another thing to consider is aggressive driving can lower your gas mileage by as much as 33 percent according to the U.S. Department of Energy.


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