Ask HPD: Tailgating a car

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.

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