In a new campaign called Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT), Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers will be cracking down on aggressive drivers through October 20th in an attempt to promote safety on the roads.
The campaign kicks off just months after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its yearly fatal crash report, which showed the largest spike in U.S. traffic deaths since the 1960s.
According to the NHTSA, Florida alone saw a 20 percent increase in traffic fatalities last year. Palm Beach County’s fatalities increased from six in 2014 to nine last year.
According to the director of the Governors Highway Safety Association, there is no single magic solution to deter dangerous driving behaviors and the problem lies with drivers of both passenger vehicles and large commercial trucks.
An estimated 88 percent of fatal vehicle crashes involving large trucks are caused by both car and truck driver error.
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The FHP believes more can be done to combat careless and negligent driving.
Officials note that accidents are usually the result of a combination of actions, which under Florida is called “aggressive careless driving.” This means a person engages in at least two of the following unsafe behaviors simultaneously or in succession:
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Passing improperly
- Violating signal devices and traffic control like stop signs or red lights
- Changing lanes in an unsafe manner
- Following another vehicle too closely
TACT not only focuses on enforcing aggressive driving laws, it also provides education on safe driving through billboards, brochures and radio advertisements.
If you have been injured in an accident with a negligent or careless driver, contact the West Palm Beach car accident attorneys at Gordon & Doner today. Our experienced lawyers will pursue the maximum compensation you deserve and fight for your rights while holding responsible parties accountable.