Traffic Safety

Traffic Safety is a serious concern. Here is some information on traffic safety:

What Is Aggressive Driving?

Aggressive driving is defined as a combination of unsafe and unlawful driving actions, which demonstrate a conscious and willful disregard for safety. Aggressive driving includes such offenses as tailgating, unsafe lane changes, speeding, running red lights and stop signs, following too closely, improper passing, and failing to yield the right-of-way. In fact, nearly eight out of 10 motorists say aggressive drivers are a greater danger than terrorists.

Traits of an Aggressive Driver

  • Drive too fast, over the posted speed limit.
  • Run red lights or stop signs.
  • Weave in and out of traffic.
  • Change lane frequently and abruptly without the use of signals.
  • Tailgate other vehicles.
  • Follow too closely.

What Area Drivers Say

  • Aggressive driving is the greatest threat people face on the road - even ahead of drunk driving.
  • 44% of drivers say other threats including drunk driving, large trucks and congestion, pale in comparison to aggressive driving.
  • Most drivers say in the past year they personally have seen aggressive driving so dangerous that it puts others on the road at risk.
  • About 55% of the drivers polled say the problem is getting worse. Another 39% say the situation is no better.

The Speed Factor

Typically, aggressive driving involves excessive speeding. Speeding is one of the most common causes associated with crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is a factor in 31% of all fatal crashes. The manner in which a person operates a vehicle is behavior based. Please contact the Chesapeake Police Department to report such unsafe behavior.