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Montpelier, ID - An aggressive driving education and enforcement campaign is planned for July 19 – August 4, 2013.

Law enforcement agencies statewide, including the Montpelier Police Department, will step up patrols to catch speeders on all roads in Idaho. The education and enforcement campaign is funded by a federal grant administered by the Idaho Transportation Department.

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Aggressive driving is a high-risk behavior. 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. Most people believe that the worst thing that can happen if they speed or fail to obey traffic signals is that they will get a ticket, so it’s an acceptable risk. Drivers like this are wrong. Maybe even dead wrong, because aggressive driving can kill. Aggressive driving contributed to 254 deaths on Idaho roads over the last 3 years (2009-2011), and another 1,850 people were seriously injured in aggressive-driver involved crashes.

You are an aggressive driver if you

Ignore traffic signals
Speed and tailgate
Drive too fast for conditions
Weave in and out of traffic
Make improper lane changes frequently and abruptly
Pass on the shoulder
Make hand and facial gestures
Scream, honk and flash lights
If confronted by an aggressive driver, you should

Get out of their way as soon as you can safely
Stay calm — reaching your destination safely is your goal
Do not challenge them
Avoid eye contact
Ignore gestures and don’t return them
Report aggressive driving (vehicle description, license number, location)
Always buckle up in case abrupt movements cause you to lose control of your vehicle
If it leads to deliberate acts of violence this is Road Rage, which is a criminal act
Report Aggressive Drivers

Find a safe place to call 911
Be prepared to provide location, vehicle description and license plate.
Road Rage

Road rage is a serious offense, and occurrences are becoming more common. Road rage is defined as a deliberate, violent act against another driver and is a criminal offense.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Aggressive Driving Program

Aggressive Driving Crash Statistics