Polk County Sheriff’s deputies will participate in an aggressive driving enforcement operation on the first day of public school, Monday, August 20, 2007, called Operation RADAR—Reducing Aggressive Driving And Road Rage. The operation will be performed specifically in unincorporated Polk County school zones on Monday, but will continue throughout the 2007-2008 school year countywide.
During the campaign, deputies will be looking for motorists who are speeding, tailgating, driving or passing on the shoulder, making unsafe lane changes, or displaying other aggressive driving behaviors or habits. When a deputy stops someone for any of these infractions, the violator will receive a traffic citation for the offenses committed, and an “aggressive driving” box on the citation will be checked. Although no additional fines or driver license points are assessed for aggressive driving, the Sheriff’s Office has found that traffic court judges, upon noticing the “aggressive driving” box checked, tend to impose higher fines or require defendants take an 8-hour aggressive driving course.
“As a result of the increasing numbers of speeding motorists through school zones, passing school buses that have visible stop signs displayed, and aggressive drivers, we will dedicate every resource available to identify, cite, and/or arrest those who are placing our children, other motorists, and our school crossing guards at risk,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “Let’s start the school year off right—by keeping our children safe, and setting a good example for them as well.”