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2015

Motorists on Florida Highways Reminded to Slow Down, Exercise Patience, Save Lives

sizematters2~Aggressive driving is very dangerous~

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – March is “Spring Break” month in Florida, which means more traffic on state highways. And while vacationers are eager to get to their destinations, it is important for drivers to remember that aggressive driving is extremely dangerous, especially around large vehicles such as tractor-trailers or commercial carriers.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has launched its Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) safety campaign to reduce crashes between passenger and large commercial vehicles. Beginning today through March 26, Florida Highway Patrol troopers will be focusing on car and truck drivers who display aggressive driving behaviors.

“Addressing aggressive driving is essential to making Florida’s highways safer for everyone,” said Colonel David Brierton, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Aggressive driving occurs when a motorist commits two or more moving violations, such as speeding, unsafe lane changes, following too closely, not yielding the right of way, improper passing, or failure to obey traffic control devices. Any one of these behaviors is dangerous by itself, and a combination of these can be deadly.”

Don’t be an aggressive driver:

  • Obey posted speed limits
  • Do not tailgate
  • Do not change lanes without warning
  • Pass on the left, not on the right

The Department offers these safety tips for driving around large trucks:

  • Stay out of the “no zone.” Large trucks have large blind spots in front of, behind, and on both sides of the vehicle.
  • Pass trucks on the left side for maximum visibility.
  • Avoid cutting in too soon when passing a truck. Large trucks can’t stop as quickly as other vehicles.
  • Don’t follow too closely behind a truck; you’ll be in the rear blind spot and may rear-end the truck if it stops unexpectedly.

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