Officials in Florida are targeting aggressive drivers, who are causing far too many car accidents in Margate and elsewhere. These kinds of accidents are completely preventable with a little awareness. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is now asking drivers to watch their tempers and keep their eyes on the road – or they will be watching for you!
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) are using this time to help educate drivers about the dangers of aggressive driving. They’ll also be using the anti-aggression campaign to hunt down these dangerous drivers on our roadways.
Our Margate car accident attorneys understand that this new campaign is aiming to reduce the risks of all kinds of car accidents that cause injuries and death by combining education, evaluation and outreach with increased enforcement efforts.
We know that accidents involving commercial trucks and cars are the fault of the driver’s actions more than 85 percent of the time. Only about 15 percent of car accidents are the result of road conditions, vehicle defects or weather conditions. Often, aggressive driving or road rage is to blame for these types of crashes.
State officials want drivers to know the risks of aggressive driving habits and the importance of keeping your cool behind the wheel. It’s not just the FHP that’s going to be pursuing this awareness event. They’ve also teamed up with the Florida Trucking Association (FTA) to get the message across — all drivers have a responsibility to drive carefully.
Troopers across the state will be out in full force from February 27th through the 29th in search of aggressive drivers. Troopers will be aggressive in handing out citations for those that they feel are endangering motorists.
Troopers will be looking for:
-Drivers who are tailgating.
-Drivers who make unnecessary and unsafe lane changes.
-Drivers who fail to use turn signals.
In addition to the roadway enforcement efforts, troopers will be displaying roadside billboards and airing radio messages to increase awareness in car and truck drivers about the dangers of aggressive driving. The messages will also include the enforcement efforts of the campaign and will warn drivers about their risks for being ticketed if they’re witnessed displaying any of these dangerous behaviors.
There will also be events held at community centers and schools around the state to help to teach drivers about how to share the road safely with other motorists, especially large trucks.
Mary Lou Rajchel with FTA says safe roadways can only be achieved with a conscious effort from all drivers. She voices the efforts of the campaign and asks drivers to treat others on our roadways with respect and courtesy. Safe roads start with you!
If you or a member of your family has been injured or killed in a car or trucking accident in Margate, Port St. Lucie, Pompano Beach or in any of the surrounding areas, contact our personal injury attorneys of Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez, LLC for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 1-800-529-2368.
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