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Jul 31, 2013 12:42 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

City Renews Efforts to Stop Aggressive Driving

CORPUS CHRISTI - Law enforcement and city officials are cracking down on aggressive driving.

Police are starting a new program called "Stop Aggressive Driving" or S.A.D.

If an officer pulls someone over for a traffic citation, and determines that they were driving aggressively, that driver is subject to a $500 fine and could have to attend a safe driving course.

Aggressive driving is defined as driving more than 10 miles over the speed limit in a school zone, going more than 20 miles over the speed limit on any road, sudden lane changes, improper passing, failing to stop for a school bus or following another car too closely.

An officer could add 'aggressive' to a ticket for any one, or combination, of offenses.

The city is trying to help police, giving them the tools they need to stop the problem.

City officials are in the midst of drafting a new ordinance that would allow police to pull someone over simply for texting and driving, amongst other things that could distract a driver. It's called The Distracted Driver Ordinance.

Council says it could pass as soon as this fall.

Councilmen Mark Scott says the point is to get police all the tools they need to fix the problem, both in punishment and prevention.

"All the ordinances really to date are designed to prosecute once you've been injured, this is an ordinance that can begin to prosecute distracted drivers before they cause an accident," he says.

But in the end, Chief Simpson says the responsiblity to drive safe falls on each individual person.

"Look at that last text message. Look at that last text message, and you make the determination of whether or not it was worth dying for, or killing, or hurting somebody else," he says.

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