FEBRUARY IS NATIONAL TEEN DATING VIOLENCE PREVENTION MONTH
What exactly is "dating violence?"
- Dating violence isn't an argument every once in awhile, or a bad mood after a bad day. Dating violence (or relationship abuse) is a pattern of violent behavior that someone uses against a girlfriend or boyfriend.
- Abuse can cause injury or even death, but it doesn't have to be physical. It can include verbal and emotional abuse, constant insults, isolation from friends and family, name calling, or even controlling what someone wears. Abuse can also include sexual abuse. It can happen to anyone, at any age, no matter what race or religion they are or what their level of education or economic background is.
No one deserves to be abused. If you are being hurt in your relationship, or are afraid that you may be at risk, call the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 for confidential advice and referrals. There are people nearby who can help you.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as: "When individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property."
Some other organizations and communities define aggressive driving as, "the operation of a motor vehicle involving three or more moving violations as part of a single continuous sequence of driving acts, which is likely to endanger any person or property."
Some behaviors typically associated with aggressive driving include:
- exceeding the posted speed limit
- following too closely
- erratic or unsafe lane changes
- improper signaling when changing lanes
- failure to obey traffic control devices (stop signs, yield signs, traffic signals, railroad grade cross signals, etc.)
Law enforcement agencies typically include red-light running as part of their definition of aggressive driving. The NHTSA calls the act of red-light running one of the most dangerous forms of aggressive driving.
The Pineville town-wide speed limit is 35 mph, unless otherwise noted. The speed limit is 20 mph on Main Street. The Pineville Police Department will be strictly enforcing these limits. Be sure to observe the posted limits if you do not wish to receive a ticket.