Navigating Safely Around Aggressive Drivers in Atlanta
Aggressive driving seems to have increased in the Atlanta area in the past few years and anyone traveling on our roadways can become a victim of an aggressive driving accident. In fact, an Atlanta attorney was recently arrested following an alleged road rage incident. It appears that a 21 year old woman left her workplace and honked her horn at another vehicle that was not turning fast enough. The Jaguar, driven by a 42 year old attorney, then proceeded to trail the other driver and she began honking her horn when the vehicle reached an intersection. The attorney allegedly "flicked off" the driver and threw a coffee mug at her window, shattering it, according to WSB Radio.
While fortunately no one was injured in this incident, it certainly illustrates how aggressive driving can escalate to the point of dangerous behavior. Georgia law defines aggressive driving as driving a vehicle with the intent to intimidate, annoy, harass, injure or obstruct another person. Aggressive driving is a misdemeanor offense and can result in fines, points against your license and serious accidents.
Recognizing the Warning Signs of Aggressive Driving
The first step to keeping yourself safe around aggressive drivers is to recognize the warning signs of an angry driver. While you cannot control another driver's behavior, hopefully by recognizing warning signs, you can evade the other driver. Some signs of driver aggression include:
- Switching lanes abruptly;
- Speeding up behind a vehicle and then stopping short;
- Attempting to swerve into other lanes to intimidate drivers;
- Obscene gestures or honking;
- Actions that indicate the driver can strike your vehicle;
If you see a car that is behaving strangely, safely move over to the farthest lane possible and allow the vehicle to pass. Drop back to allow the driver to move past your area. Do not attempt to block the driver or prevent the driver from getting around you as this will only intensify the aggression. Always maintain control of your vehicle and do not allow the behavior of the other driver to distract you from safely steering your vehicle.
If you feel that you are in imminent danger of being injured due to the driver's behavior, call 911 and report the driver. This will connect you to a hotline where you can report dangerous drivers. Provide as much information as possible about the other driver, including license plate number, make, model and color of the car.
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