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Summary Table on Aggressive Driving Laws






A person commits "Aggressive Driving" if both of the following occur: (1) If during a "course of conduct," they violate either the Basic Speed Rule or the "Excessive Speed" law plus two of the following minor driving offenses: (a) Failure to obey traffic control devices; (b) overtaking and passing another vehicle on the right by driving off the pavement or main traveled portion of the roadway; (c) unsafe lane change; (d) following a vehicle too closely; and, (e) failure to yield the right-of-way; and, (2) their "driving is an immediate hazard to another person or vehicle." "Course of conduct" means "a series of acts committed during a single, continuous period of driving."
6 months(1)
30 days(2)


California does not have a per se aggressive driving law. However, in addition to the usual criminal sanctions, the law provides licensing sanctions against a person who commits a criminal assault using a motor vehicle (commonly know as "road rage") against either another motor vehicle, an operator of a bicycle or a pedestrian.

4 years(3)&(4)


6 months(5)&(6)


No person shall drive any vehicle in an aggressive manner. Aggressive Driving is defined as continuous conduct which violates three or more of the following rules-of-the-road: (1) Failing to obey a traffic-control device; overtaking on the right; failing to drive within a marked lane for traffic; following too closely; failing to yield the right-of-way to approaching traffic when turning left; failing to yield to approaching traffic when entering or crossing a roadway; failing to signal when turning or stopping; failing to stop at stop signs or yield at yield signs; overtaking and passing a stopped school bus with flashing lights; failing to obey the basic speed rule; and, failing to a obey a posted speed limit.
30 days6

10 days mandatory6

100 mandatory6
A person commits "Aggressive Driving" if, during a course of one (1) mile, they, in any sequence, do ALL of the following. I. Violate either (a) the basic speed rules (driving greater than is reasonable or at a rate of speed so as to endanger life, limb or property), (b) the speed limit in a school zone, (c) the posted speed limit, or (d) the prohibition against driving >75 MPH. II. Commit TWO (2) or more of the following offenses: (a) Failing to obey a traffic control device; (b) overtaking and passing another vehicle on the right by driving off the paved portion of the highway; (c) driving unsafely or improperly upon a highway that has marked lanes for traffic; (d) following another vehicle too closely; or, (e) failing to yield the right of way. III. Create an immediate hazard, regardless of its duration, to another vehicle or to another person.
6 months1
30 days2&6


"Aggressive Driving" is defined as operating a motor vehicle in violation of any speed law and a violation of two or more of the following traffic law provisions: (1) obedience to traffic control devices; (2) overtaking on the right; (3) driving within a traffic lane; (4) following too closely--interval between vehicles; (5) yielding right of way; (6) entering the roadway; (7) use of turn signals; (8) relating to school buses, special stops, stop signs and yield signs; and, (9) use of emergency break-down lane for travel.



30 days(8)


Reckless Driving is defined as operating a vehicle either (1) "in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property" or (2) "while committing three or more moving traffic violations under Title 41, Chapter 6, Traffic Rules and Regulations, in a series of acts within a single continuous period of driving."

6 months1


3 months2&6

1. This sanction applies to first and subsequent offenses.

2. Licensing action is in the form of a suspension.

3. For criminal assault, a person may be sentenced to imprisonment for either 2, 3 or 4 years in State prison or not more than 1 year in a county jail.

4. This one of the standard sanctions for criminal assault.

5. However, either in lieu of or in addition to such licensing action, a person may be ordered to complete a court approved course on either anger management or "road rage."

6. This is the sanction for a first offense.

7. However, since an offender may be prosecuted for and convicted of the underlying offenses, they are subject to licensing action associated with violating such offenses.

8. The law provides that a person's license may be subject to a minimum 30 day suspension. This sanction appears to only apply to first offenders.