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([your city, your state]) [name of county or municipality] motorists who speed, tailgate, or change lanes without signaling will pay a higher price for their dangerous driving, according to the [name of your county or municipality]'s Prosecutor's Office. "Figures show that more than 13,000 people have been injured or killed since 1990 in crashes caused by aggressive driving," said [local spokesperson], [title]. "That's a high price to pay just because you're in a hurry, or because another driver did something to annoy you."

Aggressive driving—the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)—includes running stop signs and red lights, weaving in and out of traffic, flashing headlights and other unsafe behaviors that commonly occur on our highways. Of the approximately 6,800,000 crashes that occur in the United States each year; a substantial number are believed to be caused by aggressive driving. While aggressive driving is different from road rage—a criminal, rather than a traffic, offense—it can easily escalate into its more deadly counterpart.

"In a recent NHTSA survey, more than 60 percent of drivers said they consider unsafe driving by others, including speeding, a major personal threat to themselves and their families. It's time we took action to protect citizens from those who use our roads to vent frustrations," said [local spokesperson], [title].

According to the [name of your county or municipality]'s Prosecutor's Office, aggressive drivers in [city or municipality] can expect more police stops, more frequent ticketing, higher fines, and possible license suspension for repeat violations. Other measures in [city or municipality] or in nearby counties may include cameras at red light intersections, unmanned radar speed displays, enforcement from aircraft, and "tip lines" for witnesses to report aggressive driving.

"Most responsible drivers want something to be done to reduce speeding and unsafe driving," said [local spokesperson], [title]. "We think they deserve to get where they're going without encountering this senseless threat."