Aggressive driving is not only a law enforcement issue - it is a complex problem requiring comprehensive solutions. The culmination of the Implementation Team's nearly 2-year effort has yielded a broad-based plan of action for legislators, law enforcement, the judicial system, and community leaders to use as a model framework for spreading the word in communities that aggressive driving is socially, legally, and morally unacceptable. Support to promote awareness of this growing problem and to find solutions to it will have to come from a broad spectrum of professionals and grassroots citizen groups working together. NHTSA will ensure that the National Aggressive Driving Action Guide receives wide distribution to a variety of audiences, each with a role to play in helping to mitigate the serious problem of aggressive driving on our roadways. The Action Guide will go to State and regional highway safety offices, national prosecutors' associations, judicial membership groups, law enforcement organizations, highway safety advocates, governor representatives, and others. It will also be available on NHTSA's website, www.nhtsa.dot.gov , where States can share "best practices" and adapt recommended solutions to meet their needs.
NHTSA hopes that distributing the model statute to the States will assist their discussions of needed legislative changes and enhancements to appropriate misdemeanor and felony statutes. Along with the Implementation Team, NHTSA encourages the States to strengthen their existing reckless driving laws or enact new statutes to provide stiffer penalties for aggressive or reckless driving, including criminal sanctions where death or serious injury occurs. State legislators should also consider means of funding technology to aid the aggressive driving effort (e.g., stationary red-light cameras, video cameras for police vehicles), including promoting corporate sponsorship of new equipment and systems. Along with the Implementation Team, NHTSA urges State and local law enforcement executives to make training of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges a priority. For law enforcement must believe that prosecutors will prosecute offenders, and prosecutors must be assured that judges understand the seriousness of the problem. Officers will then be more likely to enforce existing traffic laws, prosecutors to prosecute violators, and judges to appropriately convict and sentence offenders.
The Implementation Team urges States and other government units to immediately implement its recommendations and to ambitiously seek solutions to the problem of aggressive driving. Action must begin now.
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