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Title: Aggressive Driving


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Aggressive Driving
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Aggressive driving has become a serious problem
  • Scenes like these are becoming all too familiar
    on highways across the nation!

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Did You Know?
  • According to a NHTSA survey, more than 60 percent
    of drivers consider unsafe driving by others,
    including speeding, a major personal threat to
    themselves and their families.
  • About 30 percent of respondents said they felt
    their safety was threatened in the last month,
    while 67 percent felt this threat during the last
    year.
  • NHTSA

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  • Weaving, tailgating, distracted drivers, and
    unsafe lane changes were some of the behaviors
    identified.
  • A full 98 percent of respondents said it was
    important that something be done to reduce unsafe
    driving.
  • NHTSA

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Nueces County Survey Information 2006
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Nueces County Survey Information 2006
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Who are aggressive drivers?
  • High risk drivers who climb into the anonymity of
    an automobile and take out their frustrations on
    anybody at any time.
  • Their frustration levels are high and levels of
    concern for fellow motorists are low.

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They May Look Like This!
  • How many times have you seen this type of
    reaction from another driver…or maybe even
    yourself?

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What do aggressive drivers do?
  • Run stop signs and red lights
  • Tailgate
  • Weave in and out of traffic
  • Pass on the right
  • Make improper and unsafe lane changes
  • Make hand and facial gestures
  • Scream, honk, and flash their lights

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…and more
  • Drive at excessive speeds
  • Follow too closely
  • Change lanes frequently and abruptly without
    notice
  • Pass on the shoulder or unpaved portions of the
    roadway
  • Leer at and/or threaten - verbally or through
    gestures - motorists who are simply in front of
    them

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Reasons for Aggressive Driving?
  • Mood
  • Poor Planning
  • Inability to Control Emotions
  • Medical Conditions or Medications
  • Lack of RestPoor Sleep
  • Unbalanced Diet
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders

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Aggressive Driving Statistics
  • In 2002, NHTSA reports 3,725 traffic fatalities
    in Texas
  • It is estimated that approximately 35 of traffic
    fatalities were caused by aggressive driving
  • Most of the aggressive driving accidents involved
    males age 18-26
  • Women and drivers over 50 are also responsible
    for aggressive driving accidents

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Additional Facts
  • Some of the cases involved cars being driven into
    crowds of people
  • Some cases involved cars being driven into
    policeman
  • Road Rage can cause inattentive driving and
    result in hitting of stationary objects

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Are you an aggressive driver?
  • Do you take your frustrations from life with you
    when you get behind the wheel?
  • Does your personality change when you get behind
    the wheel?
  • Do you tailgate other drivers?
  • Do you exceed the posted speed limit?
  • Do you run stop signs and/or red lights?

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Have you qualified yet?
  • Do you pass vehicles on the right, or in no
    passing zones?
  • Do you make hand and/or facial gestures directed
    at another driver, or where only you can see
    them?
  • Do you fail to yield to pedestrians?
  • Do you fail to use your turn signal?
  • Do you fail to yield to emergency vehicles?

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How did you do?
  • Believe it or not
  • If you answered Yes to any of the questions,
    YOU are also considered to be an aggressive
    driver.

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Avoid Being an Aggressive Driver
  • Manage time effectively
  • Regular exercise routine
  • Relaxation exercises while driving
  • Do not drive when angry
  • Keep a positive attitude when driving
  • Give other drivers a break
  • Treat other drivers like you want to be treated

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In addition…
  • Try playing relaxing music in the car
  • Think of your car as a refuge from the chaos and
    madness on the road around you
  • Use public transportation when feasible
  • Try to maintain safe following distance at all
    times
  • Think before acting out

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Avoiding Aggressive Drivers
  • Get out of their way
  • Do not challenge in any way
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Ignore gestures
  • Dont take it personally
  • Keep your head together and keep cool

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Report Aggressive Driving
  • Should you find yourself being harassed by
    another driver, and/or being followed, do not
    stop or go to your home, proceed cautiously to
    the nearest police station and report the
    incident.
  • When you can safely do so, you or a passenger,
    use a cellular phone to call the police.

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Info for Making a Report!
  • Description of the aggressive drivers vehicle
  • License plate number
  • Location
  • Direction of travel

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Something To Think About!
  • If you feel yourself losing control, ask if it is
    worth your life or the life of another person.
  • You may be the one to get the fine, jail time, or
    injury.
  • Avoid the challenges of confrontations with an
    aggressive driver and support law enforcements
    efforts to rid the streets and highways of this
    menace.

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  • Drive Safely
  • Be Attentive
  • Always Buckle Up
  • More info http//ssrc.tamucc.edu
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