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Efforts to Minimize Speeding, Aggressive Driving-Related Accidents in Florida This Summer

Sunday, March 25, 2012

With spring here and summer just a few weeks away, Orlando car accident lawyers expect a spike in vehicular traffic and accident risks across the state. The Florida Highway Patrol is increasing efforts to prevent accidents related to speeding and aggressive driving.

The Florida Highway Patrol is dedicating the week from March 30 to April 4 to a campaign focused on increasing awareness about the risks of aggressive driving. The aim is to ticket drivers who drive at excessive speeds, change lanes rashly, and follow larger vehicles like 18-wheelers too closely. The agency is having more troopers stationed at South Florida's busiest highways and roadways, to ticket motorists who drive aggressively.

The Florida Highway Patrol has also announced that it is partnering with the Florida Trucking Association in a special initiative aimed at encouraging motorists to avoid the blind spots of a commercial tractor-trailer. Every commercial tractor-trailer driver has a few blind spots in his vision. These spots usually fall to the sides and rear of the truck. Motorists traveling in these blind spots may be invisible to the tractor-trailer driver. That means that the motorist is at a high risk of colliding with the truck.

The Florida Highway Patrol-Florida Trucking Association’s No-Zone Campaign encourages motorists to avoid these blind spots. The campaign is also raising awareness about the need for motorists to avoid driving too close to tractor-trailers. The agency plans billboard campaigns as well as radio spots to get the message out. Similar education efforts will be made at schools and community centers.

Over the next few weeks, there will be more motorists than usual sharing the road with you. Avoid driving under the influence, and using cell phones while driving. Drive at safe speeds. Speeding is linked to at least 1/3rd of all accident fatalities every year.

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