Drivers beware! Cutting off a truck could cost you your life. If you live through the dangerous maneuver then it could cost you a fine. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), officers will be on the lookout for dangerous and aggressive drivers through their second phase of Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks.
The goal of this campaign is to help to reduce the risks of car accidents in Riviera Beach and elsewhere.
“The campaign aims to reduce commercial motor vehicle-related crashes, injuries and fatalities by combining outreach and education with targeted enforcement activities,” said Col. David Brierton of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP).
Our Riviera Beach car accident lawyers understand that the FHP is taking this campaign very seriously and is looking for dangerous drivers in an attempt to make our roadways a little safer for everyone. The FHP is teaming up with the Florida Trucking Association for the week-long campaign taking place from March 30th through April 4th. During this time, troopers will be looking for both car and truck drivers who are driving aggressively, including speeding, unsafe lane changes and tailgating.
To help spread the word about the campaign and to spread the message about the importance of safe driving habits, the awareness efforts will be using radio messages and billboards throughout the state. Car and truck drivers are asked to navigate safely around one another to reduce the risks of not only a traffic ticket, but for an accident as well.
Mary Lou Rajchel, the CEO and President of the Florida Trucking Association, says that we need efforts from both car and truck drivers to help make our state’s roadways safe for all. She says that safety is a top priority of the trucking industry and it will continue working at making our roadways as safe as possible. Truckers and trucking companies are pleased to push the ‘No Zone’ message about helping to keep passenger-vehicle drivers out of the blind spots of large trucks. She’s happy to couple the “big trucks equal big blind spots’ and the ‘see what drivers see’ messages to help promote safe driving habits for everyone.
In 2008, more than 10 percent of fatal traffic accidents reported the involvement of a large truck. For this purpose, large trucks are defined as vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 pounds. In these accidents, nearly 85 percent of people who were killed were in passenger vehicles while only about 15 percent of those who died were the occupants of a large truck.
Speeding is one of the most common factors in these accidents, prevalent in more than 30 percent of fatal accidents. In 2008, there were nearly 12,000 people killed in speeding-related accidents.
Speeding is a form of aggressive driving. Drivers are asked to not only be careful during the Targeting Aggressive Cars and Trucks enforcement campaign, but during every other day out of the year, too. Responsible and safe driving habits can save lives.
If you or a family member has been injured or killed in a car accident in Fort Lauderdale or in any of the surrounding areas, the Broward personal injury lawyers at Freeman & Mallard are here to help you to understand your rights and are ready to fight for the compensation that you deserve. Call today to set up a free and confidential review of your case, 1-800-561-7777.
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