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The police get new equipment to combat tailgating in Arizona.

Tailgating causes many accidents each year in the US, in Arizona the DPS are using hi-tech laser equipement to catch tailgaters.

The police get new equipment to combat tailgating in Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety are to bring in a new device that can measure the distance between to moving vehicles, if the distance is below that regarded by law as safe, then the driver will be pulled over and fined.

Tailgating is an ever growing problem, on the one hand you have people out for a nice quiet and easy drive, they stick to the speed limits or below, in general they are a sort of moving road block to those drivers who are late or who use the road for a living and therefore drive differently than every one else. There is no right or wrong here, but there is no good excuse for tailgating, it is almost bullying, yet with all the pressures of the daily grind it has become a fact of driving on the road.

The equipment has been issued to DPS officers and over the past year there have been over 100 tickets issued to drivers who have been found to be tailgating the cars in front of them.

So whatever your viewpoint, the authorities have another tool to use against drivers.


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They seem to want three seconds separation between cars now. It used to be two seconds, but without guidelines, how are you supposed to know what is legal and what isn't? I have to wonder ho well this will end up in court if there are no official separation criteria.
If you were to leave even two seconds between you and the car in front here on the DC Beltway, you would have an accident with all of the cars fighting to get into that gap.......

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As the highways get more crowded, the drivers become less cooperative. Tailgating is so common now, these automated systems offered on high end MB's and the like will soon become mandatory.

The lack of cooperation is never more evident than when lanes merge. I don't understand why no one seems to be aware that one cannot merge if both lanes of traffic are stopped. Yet that seems to be the goal - squeeze without giving to the point where both cars don't fit, and then stop. Makes no sense. Jim
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Until cars become standard equipped with devices that would help a driver determine what the safe distance actually is, I realy can't see them making a ticket stick with this. After all, they have radar guns but we have speedometers. No excuse for speeding that way.

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This is all about the same stretch of highway that garnered national attention earlier in the year, on which the city of Scottsdale illegally installed a half dozen radar cameras (which have now been disabled). The Loop 101 is more of a competition than a means to an end, with drivers routinely exceeding the 65 MPH speed limit with reckless abandon and riding right up on the bumper of the car in front, despite the 80 - 90 mph speed. We consider it training for NASCAR around here, and hold in high disdain those who wish to deprive us of our fun.

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A few years ago I was driving north on I-5 between LA and Sacramento, and both sides of the interstate were pretty much bumper to bumper (and I mean that almost literally, in most cases there wasn't even a car length's distance between them) and moving 70-80 until a slower vehicle would be overtaken, then it would drop to 40 for a bit, then slowly speed back up.

It was as stressful a situtation as I've ever driven in; those kind of speeds with no clearance or anything. If you slowed down a bit to get a cushion, someone would swerve around you and in front of you to re-establish the non-gap. Completely insane.

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It was as stressful a situtation as I've ever driven in; those kind of speeds with no clearance or anything. If you slowed down a bit to get a cushion, someone would swerve around you and in front of you to re-establish the non-gap. Completely insane.
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