As Americans we love our cars, trucks, SUVs, and motorbikes for many different reasons. One major reason is that they are an easy and convenient mobility; a personal mode of transportation. It is rather hard to imagine what this county would be like without all the roads and vehicles on them. This is abundantly evident in Arizona, where the majority of us drive to most all of our activities from going to work or taking the kids for an ice cream. We jump into our vehicle and go. However, a curious thing often happens when we get in our car, truck and SUVs. We sometimes change turning into someone different when behind the wheel of our vehicle. We can become inconsiderate and aggressive to other drivers; at times even becoming rude, crude, and dangerous when behind the steering wheel of a motor vehicle. We start acting crazily because we are behind the steering wheel of a large powerful machine. This is what When this happens, drivers become a danger to themselves and others. Hopefully this will plant a seed of commonsense that causes us to think before turning into a dangerous monster behind the steering wheel.
There have been numerous studies that showcase the dangers of aggressive driving habits. However, before we review the possible outcomes, we should have a better understanding of the habits that fall into this category. A 2009 study by the AAA foundation categorized 12 major areas of aggressive driving. All of the categories of aggressive driving habits accounted for 191,611 fatal crashes which resulted in deaths of 212,427 during this time period. The deadliest of the categories was by far speeding this accounted for thirty percent of the crashes. Speeding included both higher than the posted speed limits and faster that road conditions could allow for. The next four categories account for twenty-nine present of the crashes. They are failure to yield the right of way, reckless, carless, erratic driving, failure to obey traffic signs, and other traffic control devices, and making improper turns (AAA Foundation (2009).
Arizona law makers took notice of the dangers that are created by aggressive drivers. The lawmakers amended the “Reckless Driving Section and amended the name of the statute 28-695 to Reckless and Aggressive Driving. Arizona statute defines aggressive driving as a situation in which a person commits a violation of speeding and at least two other traffic violations (i.e., failure to obey traffic control devices, improper passing, driving off the pavement or traveled portion of the highway, following too close, failure to yield right-of-way, or driving in a way that is an immediate hazard to another person or vehicle).” (ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY , para. 2). This was an important step allow law enforcement a tool to make the roads safer. The serious problem is we should be trying to be safer on our own.
The question that should be asked is why are so many people are compelled to be dangerous drivers?...