Aggressive driving is an epidemic on our nation’s roads. Tension among motorists is particularly high in New Jersey, which is the most densely populated state in the country. Characteristics of an aggressive driver include speeding, excessive lane changing, tailgating, and gesturing at other drivers. The Division of Highway Traffic Safety is committed through its educational and enforcement programs to reduce the threat that aggressive drivers pose.
Excessive speed is the most common aggressive driving habit associated with traffic crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that one-third of all crashes and two-thirds of all fatal crashes are speed-related. In 2008, there were 22,118 crashes related to unsafe speed in New Jersey. Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around curves or objects in the roadway, and extends the distance needed to safely stop a vehicle.