Aggressive driving

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Drive well Idaho.

Let’s face it, driving can be frustrating, and we all make mistakes. But keeping your cool can go a long way in keeping our roads safe. Aggressive driving behaviors contribute to half of Idaho crashes — and put us all at risk. Let’s make the commitment to creating a safer community for all, and look out for each other on our roads.

For more than two decades, speeding has been involved in about one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities.*

*From NHTSA 

Aggressive driving is more than speeding. You are an aggressive driver if you:

  • Ignore traffic signals
  • Speed and tailgate
  • Drive too fast for conditions
  • Weave in and out of traffic
  • Make improper lane changes frequently and abruptly
  • Pass on the shoulder
  • Make rude hand and facial gestures
  • Scream, honk and flash your lights

Here’s what to do if confronted
by an aggressive driver:

  • Safely get out of their way as soon as possible
  • Stay calm — reaching your destination safely is your goal, not retaliating
  • Do not challenge the aggressive driver
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Ignore gestures and don’t return them
  • Report aggressive driving if you can (vehicle description, license number, location)
  • Buckle up in case abrupt movements cause you to lose control of your vehicle
  • If aggressive driving leads to deliberate acts of violence, this is road rage, a criminal act

How to report aggressive drivers:

1. Find a safe place to call

911

2. Be prepared to provide

location, vehicle description and license plate

For more information about aggressive driving education and safety awareness in Idaho, contact Josephine Middleton at [email protected]

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