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Buffalo's Early News In-Depth: Hear Erie Co. Sherrif's Sgt. Daniel Dytchkowskj, Commander of the Traffic Bureau talk of Road Rage and other driving issues.
A conversation in three parts
How Often Do You See Road Rage?
Here's a few of the comments posted at Facebook.com/WBEN930
--Every. Single. Day.
--If you want to see it just look at NF Blvd anytime or Transit Road from 3-6
--More than road rage I see more people simply doing very stupid things while driving. No wonder more people "raged" at them!
--See it almost every day. Slow down in the work zones
--Drivers with road rage tend to project the blame and explain it by saying the other person "can't drive" ...I have found that when people get into their vehicle their personalities change. Motorist who doesn't appear angry displays the behavior???
--People have a me first mentality. If they would just go with the flow and slow down, driving maybe easier for all of us.
--People need to calm down. Drive defensively at all times. Obey all driving laws and be at peace giving the other driver a break now and then. It makes for a less stressful situation. Common sense and self control = no rage.
Did You Know ?
- The most obvious form of road rage is aggressive and excessive speeding, particularly on congested highways or in bad weather.
- Speed causes nearly one-third of all fatal motor vehicle crashes.
- Speeding reduces the time drivers have to avoid a crash or a dangerous situation and greatly increases the likelihood the crash will be severe.
- The energy released in a collision at 60 mph is 200 percent greater than at 40 mph, even though the speed has increased by only 50 percent.
- Wind down before you crank it up. Avoid making other drivers angry by avoiding anger yourself.
- Anticipate situations and make plans accordingly. Regular traffic reports in most cities alert you to the traffic congestion. Learn alternate routes or leave for work earlier.
- Take action before stress and fatigue get to you. Learn to spot warning signs and act on them.
- If you plan a long journey, take it in stages. Do not remain behind the wheel for more than three hours without a break.
Be Patient & Pay Attention
- Don't yell or use obscene gestures.
- Don't block the passing lane. Stay to the right if you are obstructing the flow of traffic.
- Always signal when changing lanes. Use your horn sparingly.
- Don't tailgate.
- Cooperate and don't compete on the road. Let other drivers merge into traffic in an orderly fashion.
- Don't take another's actions personally. Everybody makes mistakes.
Avoid A Driving Assault
- Don't react to another driver's uncivil behavior--avoid eye contact and don't tailgate, accelerate, brake or swerve suddenly, which can be seen as confrontational.
- If confronted by an aggressive driver, go to the nearest police station if you continue to be hassled or think you are being followed.
- Lock your doors.
- When stopped in traffic, leave enough space to pull out from behind the car you are following.
- Don't be tempted to start a fight or carry any sort of weapon. These acts may provoke an assault.
Across The Nation...
Authorities say a North Carolina motorcyclist has died and two others face charges after a road rage incident in Florida's Panhandle. Terry Joe Gibbs died Wednesday. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says Gibbs was injured June 17 when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle at a gas station in Marianna.
The sheriff's office tells The News Herald that shots had been fired into the vehicle.
Authorities say the altercation stemmed from a road rage incident involving Gibbs, two other North Carolina motorcyclists and another driver. The two other motorcyclists have been arrested. One faces burglary and criminal mischief charges and the other faces charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and shooting into an occupied vehicle.
Neither Gibbs' hometown nor his injuries were disclosed by the sheriff's office.