OUACHITA PARISH (OPSO) -- Aggressive driving and incidents of road rage can easily lead to arrests, injuries, and even deaths if drivers allow emotion to control their actions. Road rage is defined as a motorist’s uncontrolled anger that is usually provoked by another motorist’s irritating act and is expressed in aggressive or violent behavior
“Anger and emotion have no place on the roadways of Ouachita Parish and in order to make our roads safer our deputies will be on the look out for aggressive drivers”, said Sheriff Jay Russell.
Things to Avoid
- Expressing Frustration - Taking out your frustrations on your fellow motorists can lead to violence or a crash.
- Fail to Pay Attention when Driving - Reading, eating, drinking or talking on the phone, can be a major cause of roadway crashes.
- Tailgating - This is a major cause of crashes that can result in serious injury or death.
- Making Frequent Lane Changes - If you whip in and out of lanes to advance ahead, you can be a danger to other motorists.
- Running Red Lights - Do not enter an intersection on a yellow light. Remember flashing red lights should be treated as a stop sign.
- Speeding - Going faster than the posted speed limit, being a “road racer” and going too fast for conditions are some examples of speeding.
What to Do if Confronted by an Aggressive Driver
- Get Out of the Way - First and foremost, make every attempt to get out of their way.
- Put Your Pride Aside - Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
- Avoid Eye Contact - Eye contact can sometimes enrage an aggressive driver.
- Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
- Report Serious Aggressive Driving to local law enforcement (make note of vehicle make, model and color along with its license plate number, and physical description of the driver).
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