AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS: COMMUNITIES TAKE A CLOSER LOOK

Veteran traffic safety observers view the recent flurry of concern over aggressive driving or "road rage" with a mildly jaded eye. In a December 1998 report, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety dredged up news reports of similar epidemics of hostile driving from 1915, 1954, 1978, and 1988. Many of those old reports cite causes identical to the ones mentioned in current stories: increased road congestion, the stepped-up pace of urban life, and a breakdown in manners. However, even if the problem of aggressive driving is not new, some of the methods used to combat it are. New technology available to law enforcement officials includes everything from handheld laser guns to radar and red-light cameras that can document violations. At least 22 states currently run, or have recently run, antiaggressive driving campaigns. In addition, law enforcement officials in an undetermined number of smaller jurisdictions have also targeted aggressive drivers. This article provides brief descriptions of some of the more notable efforts: St. Petersburg, Florida; Arizona; Colorado; Fairfax County, Virginia; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Utah.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 10-11
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00779655
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1999 12:00AM