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Ask HPD: Tailgating

Question: Can someone be pulled over for tailgating?

Answer: Yes, a vehicle can be stopped for tailgating or following too closely if it can cause an unsafe situation. A driver should leave enough space between vehicles if the vehicle in front suddenly brakes. A good 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.

Question: What is the penalty?

Answer: Violators can face a $97 fine.

HRS ยง291C-50 Following too closely.

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