CHP on Speeding and Aggressive Driving

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release regarding a grant they have received to address speeding and aggressive driving. The CHP is implementing a yearlong statewide campaign to reduce the number of speed and aggressive driving-related crashes. In addition to catching speeders and aggressive drivers, the CHP hopes to educate motorists about the dangers of aggressive driving. The CHP will combine statewide law enforcement efforts with a public awareness campaign. They will have at least 600 radar trailer deployments and a minimum of 200 traffic safety presentations across California.

What is Aggressive Driving?

Although aggressive driving doesn’t get talked about very much, we’ve all been in a scary situation like being cut off in traffic or dangerously tailgated. Aggressive driving encompasses a variety of different behaviors behind the wheel, and can even lead to cases of road rage. Speeding, failing to yield the right of way, making frequent lane changes and tailgating are all types of aggressive driving.

Speeding in California

  • In 2012 and 2013, speed was a factor in approximately 43 percent of fatal and injury collisions.
  • During that same time period, more than 26,900 speed-related collisions occurred in the State of California.
  • In 2012 and 2013, 252 people were killed in speed-related collisions
  • In 2012 and 2013, approximately 39,000 people were injured in speed-related crashes.
  • The number of speed-related crash injuries increased by 4.2 percent.

Aggressive Driving and Road Rage Accidents

Aggressive driving behaviors like tailgating and frequent lane changes can quickly escalate to road rage. If an aggressive driver is harassing you or you’re the victim of somebody’s road rage, try to remain as calm as possible and just get to your destination safely. Don’t try to interact with the other driver or sink to their level. The best plan is to drive safely and defensively. If you’re concerned for your safety or the safety of others, call law enforcement authorities when it’s safe to do so.

When to Call a Car Accident Attorney

After any kind of car accident, whether an aggressive driver is involved or not, it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney. An attorney can be your advocate as you recover from your injuries.

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