Date: December 17, 2003 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager

Traffic Unit to Target Aggressive Drivers During Increased 
Enforcement Campaign

The Polk County Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit will target aggressive drivers during an increased enforcement campaign this Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003, in the Lakeland area. During the one-day campaign, traffic deputies will focus on aggressive drivers in an effort to increase safety during this season of holiday traffic and stress. Traffic deputies will be  on the look-out for aggressive driving behaviors such as speeding, improper or excessive lane changing, failing to signal intent, and improper passing.

The Traffic Unit encourages motorists to take the following driving precautions during the high-traffic holiday season:

  • Plan ahead - allow yourself extra time.
  • Concentrate. Don't allow yourself to become distracted by talking on your cellular phone, eating, drinking or putting on makeup.
  • Drive the Posted Speed Limit. Fewer crashes occur when vehicles are traveling at or about the same speed.
  • Identify Alternate Routes. Try mapping out an alternate route. Even if it looks longer on paper, you may find it is less congested.

If you do encounter an aggressive driver, follow these safety tips:

  • Get out of the way - first and foremost make every attempt to get out of their way.
  • Put your pride aside - do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane. Avoid eye contact - eye contact can sometimes enrage an aggressive driver.
  • Gestures - ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
  • Report serious aggressive driving - you or a passenger may call the police. But, if you use a cell phone, pull over to a safe location.
Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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