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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

campaign against tailgaters

There is a big problem in Halifax/Dartmouth with tail-gating. The problem seems to be getting worse with every year. Almost daily now, someone drives so close behind me that I barely see their headlights. This is not because I am going too slow. Tailga

Posted on Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 7:24 PM

Published December 06, 2008.campaign against tailgaters

There is a big problem in Halifax/Dartmouth with tail-gating. The problem seems to be getting worse with every year. Almost daily now, someone drives so close behind me that I barely see their headlights. This is not because I am going too slow. Tailgating is extremely dangerous for several obvious reasons. Tail-gating flusters the driver, makes them less capable of reacting to sudden situations such as a cat or human crossing the street, and eventually makes them angry. What makes people think they are so above others to both endanger their lives and make them fearful. Can all of these tail-gaters be more important than the average person or have more important things to get to? Driving aggressively does not save them time, so why do they do this? I think the following should be done immediately by the police:

1. A city wide campaign against tail-gating

2. Drivers should have a recognizable signal for "back off" (maybe that it's tapping the breaks... but is this too dangerous?)

3. Since no one will ever tail-gate a marked police car, there should be unmarked cars on the streets that monitor tail-gating. Similar to speed meters, there should be a method to measure the distance of a car behind you (by the police) and thus have recorded evidence of the offence.

Similar to our campaigns against drinking and driving, cell phones, and speeding, an anti-tail-gating campaign is the only way to get people to stop. If you agree, please voice your concerns to the general police inquiries (902-490 5016).

Maya

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