Honolulu Police Department Capt. Andrew Lum answers this week’s question.
Question: Can someone be pulled over for tailgating?
Answer: A vehicle can be stopped for tailgating or following too closely when it can cause an unsafe situation.
Following a vehicle too closely is dangerous for obvious reasons.
A driver should leave enough space between vehicles to allow for the proper distance to safely brake should a sudden stop be made by the vehicle in front.
A helpful way to measure a safe distance is to count a three second interval from when the first vehicle passes a fixed object to when your vehicle passes.
If your vehicle is too close, simply slow down to increase the gap.