Tampa Aggressive Driving Incident With Crash Video
On March 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM, 33 year-old Jeffrey White of Tampa was traveling southbound on US Hwy 41 just north of Gibsonton Drive. While tailgating another driver who videotaped the incident using a cellular phone, White passed the driver and displayed to her an obscene hand gesture. White then proceeded to pass the driver and merged in front of the other driver’s vehicle. As White merged in front of the other vehicle, he lost control of his 2008 Ford pickup truck which rotated across the northbound lanes of traffic and onto the grass shoulder. Once on the shoulder, White’s Ford truck collided with a light pole owned by the Florida Department of Transportation. The impact caused the pole to collapse onto the roadway. Shortly after the collision, and before the arrival of Florida Highway Patrol troopers, White fled the scene in his truck. Using information contained in the video provided by the witness, State Troopers located White at his Tampa residence and arrested him for Leaving the Scene of a Traffic Crash, Careless Driving and failing to wear his seatbelt. He was delivered to the Hillsborough County Jail following his arrest on March 26, 2014.
Here is a previous citation that Jeffrey White received in June of 2011 for excessive speed of 120 mph in a 55 mph zone. The has received 4 other citations as well in the past 3 1/2 years.
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has listed a few tips to avoid aggressive driving and road rage:
— Concentrate on your driving
— Relax and put YOUR pride aside
— Drive the speed limit
— Move over and/or get out of the way
— Avoid eye contact & gestures with aggressive drivers
— Use public transportation
— Report aggressive drivers by calling *FHP (*347)
Here is an Aggressive Driving Brochure also released by FHP
Published on Youtube by user “Florida Driver” with these comments attached
This happened to me on SR 41 in Tampa on Monday March 24th. This pathetic excuse for a human being tailgated me for about three minutes. After about a minute, and me shaking my head, I pulled out my phone and started recording. I couldn’t move over because there were trucks in the right lane, and I sure as heck wasn’t going to speed on a rainy day with the roads being as slick as they were. I was turning left in about a half-mile when this happened. Now bear in mind, that this guy had already passed a truck in a left turn lane, was tailgating and driving recklessly on a wet slick road, wasn’t paying attention, and all in all being an ignorant ass. In the full video which I will post later, you will be able to see that not once was I mouthing off, I never brake checked him, and in fact until I watched the video after the accident I didn’t even know he shot a bird at me because I wasn’t looking at him at all, I was paying attention to the road while holding the phone up with my right hand. I’ve recorded circumstances like this before, catching idiots doing stupid things, but never ever had this happen.
He initially fled the scene of the accident, but thanks to this video he has been caught and charged. Massive props to the Sheriffs Department and most especially the Highway Patrol who responded to the scene. This moron could have easily killed somebody with his moronic behavior, and my laughing at the end would have been replaced with tears. Needless to say though, I’ve never seen Karma come back so fast.
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