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Plantation Police Department
Tuesday September 1st, 2009 :: 02:30 p.m. EDT


STEER CLEAR OF ROAD RAGE. Go to your NIXLE WEB MESSAGE for more information.


One of the growing concerns of South Florida roadways is the increase in road-rage incidents. Although the roadways of South Florida are not getting any longer or wider, we are experiencing a staggering growth in the number of new drivers using those roadways each year.
Researchers have found that commuters in larger cities average over 40 hours a year in traffic jams.
There are simply more vehicles on the road. In the past decade, the number of motor vehicles grew by 17 percent while the population increased 10 percent.
The increased number of sports utility vehicles may also influence aggressive driving. When they get into those larger, heavier vehicles, some people feel they are less vulnerable and subsequently drive more aggressively.
Survey results indicate that road rage is most likely to occur on a Friday afternoon. It is during the afternoon peak traffic hours that drivers are most apt to be both fatigued and rushed.
Road rage incidents occur most frequently during the summer months.

Here are some useful tips for avoiding road rage incidents:
* Avoid cutting other drivers off in traffic.
* Don’t tailgate – allow at least a two-second space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
* Signal several hundred feet before you change lanes or make a turn.
* Avoid making any gestures or eye contact with another driver.
* Be courteous in the use of high-beam headlights.
* Don’t flash your lights or blow your horn as a signal of your desire to pass another vehicle.
* Forget winning and allow yourself time for your trip.
* Obey speed limits.
* Drive in the right of the middle lane; pass on the left.
* Stop at stop signs and red lights; don’t run yellow lights.
* Don’t block intersections.
* Respect pedestrian right-of-way in crosswalks.
* Put yourself in the other driver’s shoes. Don’t take other driver’s actions personally.
* If someone follows you after an on-the-road encounter, drive to a public place or to the nearest police station.
* Report any aggressive driving incidents to the police immediately. You may not be the last victim of their aggressive driving.

Please drive safely and with courtesy. Remember, we all want to get home safely to our families.

Plantation Police Department
451 NW 70th Terrace
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 954-797-2100

Bob Wilkins
Crime Prevention

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