In 2016, the Dayton Police Department cited over 2,000 drivers for aggressive driving. More than half were guilty of speeding through residential intersections. The likelihood of injury and death grows with impacts of higher speeds. In fact, road traffic crashes are predicted to rise to become the 7th leading cause of death by 2030. And since July 2015, two pedestrians have been killed in traffic accidents.
In the light of these staggering statistics, Dayton Police have teamed up with AAA to raise awareness on the serious risks and consequences of aggressive driving behavior this February during Aggressive Driving Awareness Month.
While patrolling high-accident intersections this month
, officers will be handing out flashlight key chains and information reminding drivers about the impact of their decisions and behavior behind the wheel on themselves and the motorists and pedestrians around them. If you are one of the 50 percent of Dayton drivers who exceed the posted speed limits, run through red lights, or text and drive on our streets, expect to pay a fine--or even your life.
Aggressive driving involves behaviors such as speeding, running red lights, tailgating, flashing headlights, honking excessively and reacting to other drivers' aggressive behavior or escalating the situation. The AAA Foundation offers an aggressive driving quiz
to help educate motorists about these dangerous behaviors.
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