We’ve all had those days when we’ve had a bad morning, we’re in a hurry, we dropped our coffee, traffic to work is awful, and we just can’t be late. These situations are frustrating, and it may seem like you have no control, making it easy to feel like you need to take control. So you start trying to drive a little faster, trying to get ahead of this huge semi-truck that just won’t get out of the left lane, and then you’re behind an even slower vehicle so you get as close as possible to their bumper, trying to get them to speed up.
If these actions sound familiar to you, you may be an aggressive driver. We understand that the term “aggressive driver” may sound judgmental or stereotypical, but we also know that these situations don’t happen every day, and you may not drive like this all the time. The important thing is to recognize what aggressive driving is and how to avoid it. Aggressive driving can be dangerous for others on the road and can lead to being pulled over when the behavior is bad enough. If you are pulled over for aggressive driving, you can count on the team at ASAP Bail Bonds to help you out.
At ASAP Bail Bonds, our bail bondsman want to keep the stress of this situation to a minimum. Getting a ticket for aggressive driving is clearly a frustrating and overwhelming situation, only adding to the stress of the entire day. If you were given a ticket and placed into custody until your arraignment, you may be given the option to post bail. This means you can pay the court a certain amount that will provide some assurance that you will show up in court for your hearing. We realize that having to sit in jail can be a huge disruption to your life, so our bail bond company is here to help.
What is Aggressive Driving
We laid out an example of what aggressive driving is in the scenario above, but to ensure that you fully understand the variety of behaviors that make up aggressive driving, we’re going to dive into it more thoroughly here.
Aggressive driving is a behavior, or a combination of behaviors, that intentionally puts others at risk. This is a fine nuance to the term that can be addressed by your lawyer at your court hearing. Some of the behaviors were mentioned above, but here they are again in more detail:
Aggressive Driving Behaviors
- Speeding: It may be true that a large number of people regularly drive over the speed limit, but it’s a problem when speeding can put others in danger.
- Failure to Yield: For example, when you’re turning left and the vehicle across from you is going straight — you must yield to the other vehicle. If they aren’t quick enough, however, aggressive driving would be trying to make your turn before they cross the intersection.
- Failure to Obey Traffic Signs/Signals: Not stopping at a stop sign, yield sign, not obeying construction zone speed limits, ignoring a one-way sign, no u-turn sign, etc. These signs and signals are enforced to protect drivers and pedestrians, and failure to obey them can lead to a traffic ticket and possibly requiring a bail bondsman.
- Speeding up When the Light Turns Yellow: This can be difficult to judge at times — when you have time to stop or when you should keep going. Aggressive driving is when there is clearly time to stop, but the driver still accelerates quickly to get through the intersection.
- Weaving in Between Lanes: It’s not necessarily the act of switching lanes that is an aggressive behavior, it’s how it’s done. If you’re quickly switching lanes, getting too close to other vehicles, or being careless about watching where other vehicles are in relation to yours, these are aggressive behaviors that can be dangerous.
- Failure to Signal: Not using your turn signal when switching lanes or when you’re turning onto another road is against the law.
- Honking the Horn: Honking the horn can be another gray area where it’s difficult to tell if you’re honking too loudly or for too long when you simply want to get someone’s attention at a green light. However, honking the horn when you are upset or honking at someone who is driving too slowly is a sign of aggressive driving.
- Tailgating: Getting too close to someone’s rear bumper is dangerous. You may think that it will show that the other driver is driving too slowly, but often it only makes them upset as well.
- Tapping or Slamming on the Brakes: When someone is tailgating your vehicle, you may think that it’s OK to tap your brakes to get the other driver to back off. This can also be dangerous and can make matters worse.
What to Do If You Get a Ticket
Being pulled over and given a ticket is frustrating, stressful, and it’s easy to feel defensive about the situation. However, the most important thing to do during this time to try to remain calm and respectful to the police officer. In some cases, the officer may simply give you a ticket. In more serious cases, however, there may be an arrest, in which case you will be taken to the police station.
What to Do If You Need to Post Bail
In cases of aggressive driving, there’s a good chance that you will be able to post bail so that you can leave. When you have the funds available yourself, you can pay the bail amount on your own. However, the bail amount can sometimes be thousands of dollars, depending on the severity of the situation.
If you are unable to come up with the funds to pay the bail amount, you can call ASAP Bail Bonds in Gwinnett County. Our team will act as quickly as possible in order for you to get out of jail and on with your day. We will pay a bond on your behalf so that you can leave jail. We understand that there are a lot of options when it comes to choosing a bail bonds company, but we can assure you that we have the experience and the knowledge to help you out of this situation quickly. ASAP Bail Bonds is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. We have some of the lowest premiums in the area, can provide bonds for misdemeanors and felonies, and we can explain and help you understand your responsibilities.
Needing a bail bond is scary and overwhelming, but don’t let a hectic morning and a rough drive to work ruin your day, week, or even your life. Get in touch with ASAP Bail Bonds today. We provide exceptional service throughout the Gwinnett County area.