Police aim to prevent St. Louis car accidents by targeting aggressive drivers (Yes, that means you!)

Police aim to prevent St. Louis car accidents by targeting aggressive drivers (Yes, that means you!)

Law enforcement will be out in force this summer, patrolling I-270 in an effort to reduce the number of serious and fatal St. Louis car accidents.

St. Louis Today reports that nine separate law enforcement agencies will be patrolling for aggressive driving and other safety hazards. The effort is part of the statewide HEAT campaign, which stands for High Enforcement Action Teams. It begins this weekend and runs through Sept. 21. Efforts on I-44 will be conducted on Sept. 18-19 and enforcement on I-70 will be increased on June 25-26.

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Last year, 1,700 traffic accidents were reported on I-270, many of those resulted from motorists following too closely.

Aggressive driving is a leading cause of Missouri car accidents and traffic accidents nationwide, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The organization found that aggressive driving factors were present in 56 percent of fatal crashes from 2003-2007, with speeding being the number one contributing cause.

Common forms of aggressive driving include speeding, tailgating, violating traffic control signals and weaving in and out of traffic. One of the biggest challenges is the fact that motorists see it as a problem … they just don’t think they are among the offenders. A 2008 AAA study found that 8 in 10 people rated aggressive driving as a serious or extremely serious safety problem, however many admitted to some form of driver aggression on a regular basis.

-Nearly half admitted to exceeding the speed limit by 15 mph on a major highway.
-15 percent admitted to exceeding the speed limit by 15 mph on neighborhood streets.
-More than half said they speed up to beat yellow lights.
-41 percent honk their horn at other drivers.
-1 in 4 engage in conduct meant to get another driver to speed up.
-22 percent tailgate.
-6 percent deliberately run red lights.

Yet three-quarters said they are more careful than other drivers around them! And almost 60 percent claimed to be substantially in control of whether or not they were involved in a crash.

If you have been in a car accident, contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

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