Targeting Aggressive Driving may Reduce Delaware’s Auto Insurance Claims

Yellow traffic lightPolice in Delaware have kicked off a campaign designed to crack down on aggressive driving. Motorists who drive recklessly put their lives at risk and also face steep penalties in the form of tickets and raised auto insurance rates, said the state’s Office of Highway Safety.

About 18 police agencies in the state will participate in the Stop Aggressive Driving Campaign, conducting patrols that will target drivers who speed, tailgate, make improper lane changes, fail to yield right of way, and run red lights or stop signs. Patrols will take place during the afternoon or evening hours and focus on roads that have a track record for aggressive driving-related accidents, said the OHS.

Fourteen of the state’s 37 fatal crashes this year were caused by reckless behavior on the road, said the OHS.

Aside from putting one’s life at risk, aggressive driving can also cost drivers money. A first offense draws a fine between $100 and $300, and offenders will be required to take an eight hour behavioral modification course that costs $100.

Additionally, a conviction can result in six points being assessed on the offender’s drivers license; auto insurance companies will be more likely to charge higher premiums if this becomes the  case.

About John Pirro
John Pirro is a licensed fire and casualty insurance agent specializing in various aspects of the auto insurance industry. He worked in the auto body repair industry before taking a reporting position at Online Auto Insurance News.

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