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Pending State Bill May Make Aggressive Driving a Crime

A recent bill introduced into the Louisiana State Legislature seeks to elevate aggressive behavior by drivers to a criminal status. Information on this new piece of legislation is available here.

House Bill 6, introduced into the Louisiana Legislature by Representative Samuel Jenkins of Shreveport, “creates the crime of aggressive driving and provides for the elements and penalties of the offense.” Jenkins, who represents District 2, is currently the bill’s sole sponsor.

Aggressive Driving Raises Concerns

One local news source indicates aggressive driving contributes to some 66% of traffic deaths in the United States. At the same time, a report by the American Safety Council suggests there were over 12,000 injuries and more than 200 murders caused by road rage during a seven-year period. Their statistics also indicate approximately half of motorists targeted by angry drivers admitted to responding with aggression themselves.

About House Bill 6

The bill introduced by Jenkins would potentially see motorists arrested if they commit three or more listed violations in a single trip. There are more than a dozen qualifying violations listed in the bill. These include speeding, tailgating, unsafe lane changes, lane splitting, and passing on the shoulder. Other offenses listed include failing to obey traffic controls, failing to yield, failure to signal, failure to stop, and passing a school bus.

Penalties for Violation

Should House Bill 6 become law in Louisiana, first-time violations would carry a $500 maximum fine and a potential jail sentence of six months. Any subsequent offense within three years would carry a $1,000 fine and a maximum jail sentence of one year.

Offenders would also lose their license for six months and be required to complete a court-approved driver improvement plan. Police officers would have discretionary authority to either issue a summons or make an arrest at the scene.

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April 1st, 2019