If you spend any time at all in traffic, especially during rush hour, you would not be surprised to see people lose their patience behind the wheel. You might be one of them occasionally, as well. It is understandable that driving can be frustrating, especially if you are stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic or someone has cut you off or nearly caused an accident with you by failing to pay attention. However, you and other Colorado residents may want to take note – some types of driving might result in accidents and could land you in legal hot water.
Aggressive driving is not an uncommon occurrence. According to the American Safety Council, 66 percent of fatal traffic accidents are the result of driver aggression. Those who lose their tempers while driving and target others may be charged with a criminal offense. However, you do not have to be deliberately trying to hurt someone to find yourself facing traffic charges. You might get a ticket for a traffic violation or even a criminal charge for the following behaviors:
- Tailgating other drivers or aggressively swerving around them to cut them off
- Engaging in a high-speed chase with another driver or trying to run someone off the road
- Recklessly switching back and forth between lanes
- Speeding and running red lights or stop signs
- Failing to yield the right of way for pedestrians or to stop for school buses