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Why it's important for Texas employers to reiterate this message to their drivers: Slow down.
Nearly 18 percent of all large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2012 had at least one prior speeding conviction, according to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Specifically, survey respondents pointed to speeding as an unsafe behavior that caused concern. And that type of behavior is just one of many commonly associated with aggressive driving, defined by NHTSA as occurring when "an individual commits a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”
In a Texas Department of Transportation report on contributing factors in motor vehicle incidents, the numbers underscore the reason for concern. Speeding was identified as a factor in 721 incidents involving fatalities in 2014, or, almost two incidents each day. Overall, TxDOT reported speeding as a factor in 26,977 motor vehicle incidents, or, about 74 per day.
Across the country, NHTSA identified speeding as a contributing factor in 30% of all fatal traffic incidents in 2012. Perhaps it is no coincidence the public is beginning to cry for relief. Or, that a majority of survey respondents (52%) said it was “very important” to do something about speeding.
Following is a more complete list of behaviors associated with aggressive driving:
The distinction to be made when talking about aggressive driving vs. road rage typically involves the idea of assault. Road rage is a physical assault of a person or vehicle as a result of a traffic incident. This is a criminal offense punishable with incarceration.
TxDOT reported road rage was a factor in six fatalities and 1,114 motor vehicle incidents in 2014.
Road rage is a physical assault of a person or vehicle as a result of a traffic incident—this is a criminal offense punishable by incarceration.
In 2014, road rage was a contributing factor in 1,114 Texas crashes, according to
data on Page 11 of this TxDOT report.
If you do encounter an angry driver, don't make matters worse by triggering a confrontation:
Use or adapt this sample text to create your company’s policy on driving defensively while operating a motor vehicle on and off the job.