Monday, February 27, 2012

Road Rage Incidents

We’ve noticed a slight increase in the number of road rage incidents being reported to the police department. Normally during a long and gloomy winter where there are a lot more cloudy days than sunny ones, the number of incidents occasionally rises.
Since we’ve been enjoying a warmer-than-normal winter season, the rise in the number of road rage occurrences during this time is somewhat hard to explain.

The World Wide Web is full of sad stories of road rage incidents that have turned deadly after one of the antagonists pulls out a weapon. There are even a few websites dedicated as places where you can go and vent your road rage experiences.

The Overland Park Police department is committed to the task of reducing aggressive driving that can eventually lead to road rage incidents. Aggressive driving can come in the form of speeding, improper or unsafe lane changes, failure to signal movement, following too closely, and running red lights or stop signs. Aggressive drivers can also be seen expressing frustration, cursing at others, or displaying rude hand gestures.

There are some things to do to lessen the chance of being involved in a road rage incident. The first thing to consider when being confronted by an aggressive driver is to simply get out of their way and let them pass. Avoid counter-measures such as blocking their way or speeding up so they can’t pass you. Try not to make eye contact with the other driver or make any gestures towards them that will only make matters worse.

The most important thing to remember is to keep your cool, avoid confrontation, and get to your destination safely.