Will Law Penalizing Pokey Drivers Prevent Atlanta Road Rage Accidents?
Most motorists in Atlanta and throughout Georgia are well aware of the hazard posed to those navigating our roads and highways by those who are driving too fast. However, Florida has now shifted its focus to pokey drivers who obstruct the flow of traffic by driving significantly below the speed limit, but do not travel in the slow lane. The impetus for the legislation is to reduce a common cause of road rage incidents.
The Road Rage Reduction Act has already been passed by the legislature in the state and awaits the signature of the governor. The sponsors of the bill indicate that the goal of the proposed legislation is to discourage slow drivers that move into the left lane and remain there despite the fact that they are obstructing the flow of traffic. The hope is that this legislation will keep tempers in check and prevent acts of road rage that can cause serious injury and sometimes even fatal car accidents. Under the bill, drivers can move into the left lane to pass other vehicles, but a driver who continues to drive in the left lane at a speed ten mph slower than the speed limit is subject to a $60 fine.
Law enforcement agencies in the state have embraced the measure. Drivers who refuse to move out of the left lane when they are impeding the flow of traffic force other motorists to make lane changes to avoid collisions and cause other drivers to become angry. Given that traffic in the left lane of highways may be moving at 75 mph, accidents at this high rate of speed are likely to result in fatalities.
While most people do not consider drivers who travel below the speed limit as being dangerous, traffic congestion caused by slow vehicles may be a source of frustration and stress that leads to road range incidents. A poll conducted in England found that sixty percent of drivers experienced heightened irritability and stress when they encounter drivers who are driving much slower than the normal pace of traffic. The survey found that almost a third of motorists surveyed had been involved in an accident or a near miss because of a driver traveling too slowly.
When drivers are incited to engage in road rage behavior, the danger to others is especially significant because this type of driving behavior involves intentionally engaging in acts that threaten or cause injury to others. Common examples of road rage include intentionally engaging in any of the following forms of conduct:
- Physical attacks
- Using one's vehicle to run someone off the road
- Discharging a firearm into another vehicle
- Pursuing other motorists at a high rate of speed
- Exiting a vehicle to cause a confrontation
- Bumping another vehicle
- Running down a pedestrian
- Speeding on the median to scare those on lanes of traffic on either side of the divider
If you or someone you love is injured because of the intentional actions of another driver, you may not only have a claim for compensatory damage but also punitive damages. Punitive damages are common when parties engage in particularly egregious conduct, such as intentionally causing injury to others. Our experienced Georgia car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are available to provide effective legal representation to those throughout all of Georgia and the Southeast.
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