WHEREAS, aggressive driving is widely recognized as a serious problem by both the criminal justice community and the public at large; and
WHEREAS, aggressive driving involves selfish, bold or pushy conduct and disregard for the safety or rights of other users of the street or highway; and
WHEREAS, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that highway deaths increased across the nation to 41,907 in 1996 from 41,798 in 1995, more deaths than were caused by firearms or drugs; and
WHEREAS, since 1987 the number of miles of roads across this country has increased by only one percent, while the miles driven on those roads increased by 35 percent, indicating that the problem of highway congestion is only going to worsen; and
WHEREAS, there is a need to undertake dedicated anti-aggressive driving activities to counteract the effects of this growing problem, incorporating new technology, specialized enforcement efforts and a coordinated public information and education component; and
WHEREAS, there is also a need to undertake measures to effectively educate both the general public and the target group as to the dangers of aggressive driving; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the International Association of Chiefs of Police, duly assembled at its 105th annual conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, encourages all members to adopt or expand existing enforcement and education programs which combat the deadly problem of aggressive driving; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the federal and state governments be encouraged to provide financial support to law enforcement agencies, for the express purpose of expanding the activities and programs those agencies undertake to combat this newest threat to highway safety in the United States.