(February 12, 2019)-  Traffic Tuesday! For this Traffic Tuesday we will be focusing on aggressive driving.

The Florida and Cape Coral roadways are not a NASCAR racetrack even though at times it may look like one. The speeding, drafting, following too closely, cutting in front of vehicles, passing on the right….okay, it does sound like NASCAR. But any unsafe driving behavior, performed deliberately is aggressive driving and these violations will be enforced. Here are some examples of aggressive driving behaviors:

  • Speeding in heavy traffic

  • Tailgating

  • Cutting in front of another driver and then slowing down

  • Running red lights

  • Weaving in and out of traffic

  • Changing lanes without signaling

  • Blocking cars attempting to pass or change lanes

  • Using headlights or brakes to “punish” other drivers

According to estimates by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety,  millions of drivers engaged in the following angry and aggressive behaviors during the previous year, including:

  • Purposefully tailgating: 51 percent (104 million drivers)

  • Yelling at another driver: 47 percent (95 million drivers)

  • Honking to show annoyance or anger: 45 percent (91 million drivers)

  • Making angry gestures: 33 percent (67 million drivers)

  • Trying to block another vehicle from changing lanes: 24 percent (49 million drivers)

  • Cutting off another vehicle on purpose: 12 percent (24 million drivers)

  • Getting out of the vehicle to confront another driver: 4 percent (8 million drivers)

  • Bumping or ramming another vehicle on purpose: 3 percent (6 million drivers)

Just because you get cutoff or other action doesn’t mean you should retaliate. This can cause more problems and an escalation in even more aggressive driving or worse, a crime committed. There are many reasons people drive aggressively but no matter the reason it can constitute a moving violation or even reckless driving. Follow the laws of the road and be considerate to other drivers. Don’t allow someone to get under your skin.

What happens if a driver is being aggressive and you wind up at an intersection at the same time?

  • Avoid eye contact with angry drivers. Acknowledging a person can cause emotions to run hot.

  • Don’t respond to aggression with aggression.

  • If you feel you are at risk, drive to a public place such as a police station, hospital or fire station.

  • If you are confronted, stay as calm and courteous as possible. Lock your doors and keep your windows up. Honk your horn to draw attention and call your local law enforcement agency; if it’s an emergency call 9-1-1.

We all need to work together to keep our roads safe. For those that don’t want to take our advice, we will make sure our traffic enforcement continues to stop violators. Drive defensively and stay safe Cape Coral!

REMINDER: If you have traffic concerns, you can submit them here: www.capecops.com/traffic. Your concern will be routed directly to the Traffic Unit for follow-up. Please be as detailed as possible to include things like days of week, times you are seeing the issue, or specific cars (if it is a particular vehicle with which you are having an issue).

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341