How do you deal with aggressive drivers?
In our post last week, our blog began discussing the topic of aggressive driving, namely how it’s defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who is the most susceptible to engaging this behavior, and why it’s so exceedingly dangerous.
Having established this important information, today’s post will delve deeper into this topic by exploring how the law in Maryland takes a very dim view of aggressive driving, and how to avoid encounters with aggressive drivers.
What does the law in Maryland say about aggressive driving?
The law in Maryland expressly declares that a motorist may be charged with aggressive driving if observed committing at least three of the following violations during a “single and continuous” driving episode:
- Traffic lights with steady indication (i.e., running a red light)
- Passing on the right
- Driving on laned roadways
- Overtaking and passing
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Following too closely
- Exceeding the posted/maximum speed limit
How is aggressive driving punished in Maryland?
The punishment for aggressive driving is a fine of $370 and five points on the motorist’s license.
How can a person avoid or even just minimize encounters with aggressive drivers?
While there is no definitive answer to this question, state officials indicate that a person can help minimize their exposure to aggressive drivers — and keep themselves safe — by doing the following:
- Stay away from aggressive drivers, making every attempt to get out of their way as safely as possible
- Refrain from blocking the passing lane
- Stay calm and collected, ignoring any hostile actions
- Resist the urge to respond with aggressive maneuvers (tailgating, speeding, stomping on brakes, etc.)
- Avoid gestures and eye contact, both of which can ignite a full-blown road rage incident
- If an aggressive driver follows or threatens you, drive directly to the nearest police station
Above all else, consider speaking with an experienced legal professional to learn more about your options if the dangerous actions of an aggressive motorist have caused an accident that has left you or a loved one with serious injuries.