Tips on how to avoid road rage

We all have seen it or even been victims of it at one point in time, road rage.

“There is a lot of ignorant people out there so. Nobody knows how to stop at red lights,” said Larry Loemmich, driver. 

While it may be a concern for some driver, others are not phased by it. 

“Left lanes are hammered down lanes. I think that people in the most part are courteous for the most part,” said Levi Otis, driver

Extreme cases of aggressive driving can escalate it, whether its sideswiping, forcing a driver off the road or even flipping them off.  

A recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed anger, aggression or road rage at least once in the previous year.

Its something the Bismarck Police Department sees often, especially on multilane streets like this one, where 70 percent of the accidents are due to tailgating crashes.

 “There is different variations of road rage. So, each incident has to be investigated case by case, so it’s not that you are going to be charged with road rage. You can be charged with careless driving, reckless driving, and the worst case reckless endangerment, which is felonies. You can be arrested for it if you are causing total disregard for anybody’s safety,” said Sgt. Tim Bleth, Bismarck Police Department.

But there are ways to avoid it. 
-It’s important to follow the rules of the road. 
-Maintain self-control.
-Get out the way of the aggressive driver.
-Do not confront anybody.

If at one point you begin feeling uncomfortable call the police. 

“If you are being followed and constantly being harassed and the person is not leaving you alone, call 911 and get their vehicle description, license number, driver description and start heading towards the nearest police department,” said Bleth.

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