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Aggressive Driving

NCJ Number
Colleen Laing
Date Published
June 2010
65 pages
This problem-oriented policing guide examines the problem of aggressive driving.
This guide is intended for use by local law enforcement agencies in analyzing and dealing with the problem of aggressive driving. Behaviors associated with aggressive driving, which includes the problem of road rage, include: speeding, racing, frequently changing lanes, cutting off other drivers, failing to signal, running red lights, failing to yield, tailgating, slowing rapidly to discourage a tailgater, and boxing other cars in and using other intimidation maneuvers. Factors that contribute to the problem of aggressive driving include: frustration and anger, demographics, personality or individual traits of the drivers, environmental conditions, situational factors, cultural factors, and several factors occurring at the same time. The guide presents information for law enforcement personnel to assess and examine the extent of the problem of aggressive driving in their jurisdictions. A list of 25 specific responses to address the problem of aggressive driving is also included in this guide. Figures, appendix, endnotes, and references