What is Aggressive driving? We have all experienced that annoying car that seems to be in too big a hurry which is weaving in and out of traffic and tailgating us. Maybe you have been the other person? Many people seem polite and courteous at home or work, but they change dramatically when they get in their vehicle. Some drivers turn their vehicle into extension of their inner self and personality. We must accept that Aggressive driving has become one of the biggest problems on our roads today. Aggressive driving is a traffic offense or combination of offenses such as: Tailgating, Speeding, Driving slow, Improper lane positioning, Evasive lane changes, Drag racing, Exhibition driving, Failure to signal, Failure to yield right of way, Disregarding traffic controls, Impaired driving, Cell phone use, Aggressive horn use, Blocking Traffic, Careless driving, Road rage and Reckless driving highlighted by a controllable emotion.
The goal if this alternative sentencing program is to provide the offender with the proper information regarding their involvement in an aggressive driving incident. This course will also provide a different aspect for the driver and it will also signify the importance of self help! A driver should also be able to understand the importance of not being so aggressive while operating a motor vehicle; the offender will also learn that they are the only person whom can control their behavior out on the roadway. As a driver, a person sentenced to this program will be educated as an aggressive driver, and learn that they should make their own decisions and not give up control of their vehicle to other drivers or to random emotions! Aggressive drivers will also benefit with the ability to understand the consequences of poor driving decisions which can range from a traffic violation to an injury, a crash or even possibly a fatality for them or an innocent driver. Individuals sentenced to this program will also be observed behind the wheel in their own vehicle for an additional hour where driving tendencies and reactions will be documented
WHAT VIOLATIONS APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM?
Offenders that have committed any of the following criminal acts may be sentenced to attend the “An Aggressive Driving” Program (including but not limited to):
- Aggressive drivers Repeat offenders (already attended D.I then receives another violation)
- Excessive speeders
- Reckless drivers
- Careless drivers
- Intoxicated drivers
- Eluding/Evading a Police Officer
- Negligent use of a vehicle
- Frequent or Unsafe lane changes
- Failure to yield right of way
- Disregarding traffic controls
ROAD RAGE FACTS
Road rage statistics in 2019. … 82% of drivers in the U.S. admit to having road rage or driving aggressively at least once in the past year. 59% of drivers reported showing anger by honking. 45% of drivers report changing lanes without signaling
Road rage statistics in 2020
- 19.3% of respondents reported feeling anger and intense aggression while driving in the past year, while 5.5% said they experienced those same feelings weekly. 2.8% reported those same feelings every time they drive.
- The most common act of road rage witnessed by American drivers was another driver honking their car horns in anger (48.3%). However, 41.1% (almost half of the respondents) witnessed drivers giving rude hand gestures to the person of their aggression. 35.8% saw other drivers yell at another driver, while 6.2% actually witnessed drivers get out of their car and fight in a physical altercation.
- Distracted driving, tailgating, and being cut off in traffic are the most enraging behaviors, according to the survey (respondents reporting 27.7%, 21.4%, and 15.6% respectively).
In May 2020, The Zebra, the nation’s leading insurance comparison site, conducted a national survey on 1,500 Americans to better understand this “road rage” phenomenon.
Speeding endangers everyone on the road: In 2018, speeding killed 9,378 people. We all know the frustrations of modern life and juggling a busy schedule, but speed limits are put in place to protect all road users. Learn about the dangers of speeding and why faster doesn’t mean safer.
Dangers of Speeding
For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2017, speeding was a contributing factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities.
Speed also affects your safety even when you are driving at the speed limit but too fast for road conditions, such as during bad weather, when a road is under repair, or in an area at night that isn’t well lit.
Speeding endangers not only the life of the speeder, but all of the people on the road around them, including law enforcement officers. It is a problem we all need to help solve. NHTSA provides guides and toolkits to help spread the message about safe driving, including tips on what you can do if you encounter an aggressive driver on the road.
Speeding is more than just breaking the law. The consequences are far-ranging:
- Greater potential for loss of vehicle control;
- Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment;
- Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger;
- Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries;
- Economic implications of a speed-related crash; and
- Increased fuel consumption/cost.
- Any person operating a vehicle on the highway shall give his full time and entire attention to the operation of the vehicle.
- Any person who operates a vehicle in a careless, inattentive or imprudent matter, without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, weather and road conditions and all other attendant circumstances is guilty of a misdemeanor.
- Any person who drives any vehicle carelessly and heedlessly in willful or wanton disregard of the rights or safety of others and without due caution and circumspection and at a speed or in a manner so as to endanger or likely to endanger any person or property is guilty of reckless driving.
In New Mexico, it is illegal to drive with a breath or blood alcohol concentration of . 08 or more if you’re 21 or over, or . 02 if you’re under 21, or . 04 if you drive a commercial vehicle.
Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is the act of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The operation of a motor vehicle includes being in physical control of the vehicle whether or not the vehicle is moving. In New Mexico, alcohol intoxication constitutes a common, but preventable, cause of traffic crashes.
New Mexico has one of nation’s highest rates of drunk-driving deaths
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