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Speed and Aggressive Driving Frequently Asked Questions

How can speeding be dangerous? So many other drivers do it.
Speeding reduces a driver’s ability to control the vehicle during a crash, and reduces the ability to steer safely around turns, curves or objects in the road.
If I’m wearing a seat belt and my car has all the latest safety features, it’s OK for me to drive a little over the speed limit, right?
The effectiveness of safety features during a crash, such as seat belts and air bags, decreases the faster a vehicle is traveling, while the risk of death and severe injury increases.
Don’t police officers wait until drivers are going at least 10 miles over the speed limit before stopping them for speeding?
No. There is no so-called “buffer zone” in Virginia when it comes to speeding violations. Since speed-related crashes cause many deaths and serious injuries in Virginia, law enforcement officers strive to save lives by enforcing speed laws.
How do I report an aggressive driver?
If you are traveling on an interstate in Virginia, pull off the road in a safe place or ask a passenger to dial #77 on your mobile phone. Be prepared to give a description of the driver's vehicle and the license plate number, vehicle location and direction of travel.
How do I avoid being an aggressive driver?
Plan ahead and allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Plan trips to avoid rush hours, and listen to traffic and weather reports to learn of potential delays. Make your vehicle comfortable, and understand that you cannot control traffic.
What is the most common offense committed by aggressive drivers?
Speeding
What can I do if an aggressive driver is tailgating me?
Get out of the way and let the aggressive driver pass.
What can I do if an aggressive driver follows me?
Do not drive home and do not get out of your car. Drive to a police station or contact law enforcement.