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Florida Drivers: Law enforcement across the state cracks down on aggressive driving

Posted at 3:54 PM, Feb 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-28 18:30:08-05

HERNANDO COUNTY, Fla. — Right now, law enforcement agencies across the state are cracking down on aggressive driving.

“The goal is to make the roads safer and reduce the number of crashes,” said Ken Carter, Hernando County Sheriff's traffic deputy.

The state has different traffic campaigns throughout the year. Many law enforcement agencies participate to raise awareness of current laws and make roads safer.

The Hernando County Sheriff's office is working to crack down on people who drive aggressively.

Aggressive driving is when a driver is caught doing two or more violations at once.

For example if you’re changing lanes without using your turn signal while speeding, that is considered aggressive driving.

Those violations can include:

  • Speeding
  • Unsafely changing lanes
  • Tailgating
  • Failing to yield the right-of-way
  • Improper passing
  • Not signaling

If you're caught doing this, it could mean three to six points on your license and hundreds of dollars in fines with a mandatory court appearance.

Deputy Carter says patience and leaving for your destination earlier are ways to avoid aggressive driving.

"People aren’t giving themselves enough time to get to their destination so they’re driving impatiently and aggressively to get there," said Carter.

Carter says the purpose is not to give out tickets but to educate people and prevent future accidents.

"We want to keep people on the roads safe," said Carter.