Indiana, five other states to crack down on aggressive driving

By Land Line staff | Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Police from Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are participating in an initiative to crack down on aggressive and reckless driving, according to a news release from the Indiana State Police.

The initiative began Sunday, July 17, and will last through Saturday, July 23.

“What is substantial about this effort is our ability to work with our neighboring state law enforcement agencies to make our highways safer,” Indiana State Police Capt. Bob Burke said.

In Indiana, aggressive driving is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and fines reaching $5,000. A driver can be charged with aggressive driving if any three of the following infractions are committed in a single episode of continuous driving:

  • Unsafe operation
  • Passing on the right
  • Unsafe stopping or slowing
  • Unnecessary sounding of the horn
  • Failure to yield
  • Failure to obey traffic signals
  • Following too closely
  • Driving at unsafe speeds
  • Repeatedly flashing headlights

Reckless driving is a Class B misdemeanor in Indiana and is punishable up to 180 days in jail and fines reaching $1,000. You may be charged with this offense if you are caught:

  • Driving at an unreasonably high rate or an unreasonably low rate of speed
  • Passing another car from the rear on a slope or curve where vision is obstructed
  • Swerving in and out of traffic
  • Speeding up or refusing to allow someone to lawfully pass
  • Passing a stopped school bus

Commercial Vehicle Enforcement personnel in Indiana will also be checking trucks for safety violations, fatigued drivers and unsafe food shipments. Scale houses will be used to enforce overweight truck laws.

Specific laws in the other five states may vary, but all of the entities involved in the initiative plan to crack down on aggressive and reckless driving.

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