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Chief Russ Roper
534 Washington Street
Montpelier, ID 83254
Work: 208-847-4237
Fax : 208-847-1346
russr@montpelierpd.com
www.montpelierpd.com

04/05/2010

Chief’s Message April 05, 2010


AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS


WHO ARE THEY?
Here's what we know about them
  • These high risk drivers climb into the anonymity of an automobile and take out their frustrations on anybody at any time.
  • For them, frustration levels are high, and level of concern for fellow motorists is low.
  • They run stop signs and red lights, speed, tailgate, weave in and out of traffic, pass on the right, make improper and unsafe lane changes, make hand and facial gestures, scream, honk, and flash their lights.
  • They drive at speeds far in excess of the norm which causes them to: follow too closely, change lanes frequently and abruptly without notice (signals), pass on the shoulder or unpaved portions of the roadway, and leer at and/or threaten - verbally or through gestures - motorists who are thoughtless enough to be in front of them.
WHEN CONFRONTED BY AGGRESSIVE DRIVERS
  • First and foremost make every attempt to get out of their way.
  • Put your pride in the back seat. Do not challenge them by speeding up or attempting to hold-your-own in your travel lane.
  • Wear your seat belt. It will it hold you in your seat and behind the wheel in case you need to make an abrupt driving maneuver and it will protect you in a crash.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
  • Report aggressive drivers to the appropriate authorities by providing a vehicle description, license number, location, and if possible, direction of travel.
  • If you have a "Cell" phone, and can do it safely, call the police.
  • If an aggressive driver is involved in a crash farther down the road, stop a safe distance from the crash scene, wait for the police to arrive and report the driving behavior that you witnessed.
Avoid the challenges or confrontations of an aggressive driver and support law enforcement's efforts to rid the streets and highways of this menace.
Montpelier – The Idaho Transportation Department is partnering with the Montpelier police department and other law enforcement agencies across Idaho to make highways safer by funding high visibility aggressive driving patrols April 1 – 12.
During the aggressive driving campaign, Idaho law enforcement officers will increase enforcement of speed limits and traffic laws.
Drivers must recognize what aggressive driving is, understand the risk, and know they will be ticketed if they choose to drive aggressively,” Chief Butler