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Tampa Criminal Defense
Tampa Criminal Defense
Tampa Criminal Defense
Tampa Criminal Defense
Tampa Criminal Defense

Road Rage Can Also Get You Arrested

We all experience those frustrating moments when another car cuts you off or a driver does something that is not only breaking the law but breaking your tolerance. Commonly known as road rage, drivers that experience uncontrollable anger towards another driver can also get in big trouble with the Florida police. Whether you experience this type of rage every once in a while, or it is a daily occurrence during your commute, here’s a look at how road rage can also get you arrested in Florida:

 – Distracted driving: giving the other driver the finger, tailgating or driving in a way to annoy the other driver can actually get you in trouble with the law. While you are trying to “get back” at the other driver you are also  – taking your eyes and attention off the road. Distracted driving can come in many forms: talking on the phone, putting makeup on and now let’s add road rage to the list. Trying to get back at the offensive driver may ultimately leave you with a costly traffic ticket to deal with.
 – Assault: Have you seen the scenario in which two drivers are so enraged at each other that they actually pull over to duke it out? Well then we are looking at issues dealing with criminal assault charges among other things.
 – Accidents: Another way road rage can turn into an arrest has to do with the car accidents that come about as a result of the initial road rage. A frustrating driving scenario can quickly turn into a game of bumper cars between the two cars. This costly scenario can not only turn into an arrest but also leave the driver with tickets, fines and an increase in your insurance.

As you can see, there are a lot of ways that a frustrating driving encounter can quickly escalate into a legal headache for you. Even if you were in the right during the initial encounter, police will still arrest you or issue a ticket for those illegal actions you took. Florida is a driving state and if you know you have the propensity to experience some level of road rage, here are some tips for minimizing the potential for problems:

– Drive at off hours—fewer cars on the road may just mean fewer chances for a blowup
– Workout—workout regularly to lessen the chances for the need to vent your frustrations on the road
– Listen to relaxing music—maybe Metallica should not be your go-to road music? Put yourself in a calm place when you drive by listening to relaxing music and hopefully this relaxed state will remain in place when you do encounter an inconsiderate driver.

Whatever you need to do to calm down behind the wheel, we hope the potential to get arrested will also inspire you to stay calm. If you have recently been arrested or ticketed as a result of your road rage, give the attorneys at Finebloom & Haenel P.A. a call today. We can take a look at your case and let you know your legal options going forward. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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