The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as “when individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”
The California Highway Patrol's new program, “Reduce Aggressive Driving Incidents and Tactically Enforce Speed,” is using funds for the program provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a very strict definition of aggressive driving. They view aggressive driving as
“when individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property.”
That means if you are changing lanes repeatedly or abruptly; speeding or slowing; or generally driving like an idiot, you are running afoul of laws against aggressive driving. California, with more than 22 million drivers on the road today, frowns on aggressive driving for the simple fact that if all those drivers were to stop caring about the safety of everyone they share the road with, things would get bad-real bad, in a hurry.
This will likely result in tickets for hundreds or even thousands of drivers who have failed to recognize their driving behavior is causing a hazard on the road. In the long run it seems likely that defensive drivers will be unaffected by the new campaign, but everyone else, well, they’ likely get what they deserve.