Orlando Florida. , According to Florida Highway Safety Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) statistics, Miami-Dade, Broward and Orange counties have the most cumulative and recorded cases of aggressive and reckless drivers in Florida.
Over a five-year period from 2016 to 2021, Miami-Dade accumulated 20,935 cases where drivers committed traffic violations because anger overcame them.
Broward County (12,722) ranks second, followed by Orange (10,961), Palm Beach (7,014) and Hillsborough counties. These counties respectively occupied the first five spots.
Rather, road rage is a broad term that refers to apparently angry or violent behavior by a driver that can lead to accidents or other incidents on the road.
In fact, the FLHSMV does not have data specific to “‘road rage’ because road rage is not part of the selection area at the traffic citation,” said Tara Crescenzi, a spokeswoman for the department.
This means that cases in which the driver or passenger carried a firearm in another car are not detailed or broken out in the figures provided by the department.
Cases of “negligent and aggressive driving” are considered criminal if the driver:
- exceeding posted speed
- Improper and unsafe lane changes
- they follow another vehicle too much
- do not give right of way
- They violate signaling signals and traffic control
On the other hand, the Central Florida counties with the highest number of cases reported during the same year were: Brevard (3,966), Seminole (3,308), Osceola (3,063), Polk (2,364).
The above violations have different penalties for each offense and you can view the penalties for each statute at 2022 Florida State Statutes: Statutes & Constitution Website: View Statutes: Sunshine Online (state.fl.us)
Currently, Florida law does not provide for penalties for the act of aggressive driving.
By law, police officers must check a box that is included in a citation or accident report form when the officer believes that reckless and aggressive driving resulted in a traffic violation or accident.
If you see someone driving aggressively, the FLHSMV and FHP offer the following safety tips:
- Do not interact with the driver (can result in road rage).
- Dial *FHP (347) from your cell phone or call 911 to contact your local police.
- If possible, obtain a license plate and/or a brief description of the vehicle (color, type, doors, etc.).
- Stay out of the truck “no zone” (truck blind spot).
- Do not pass vehicles.
- Leave space when changing lanes.
- Be patient.