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;MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH
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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 218 deaths on Idaho roads over a 3 year period (2010-2012), and another 1,840 people were seriously injured in aggressive-driver involved crashes.
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Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is a national initiative designed to encourage drivers of all other kinds of vehicles and motorcyclists to “share the road” with each other.
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;You are an aggressive driver if you:
  
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*Ignore traffic signals
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*Speed and tailgate
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*Drive too fast for conditions
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*Weave in and out of traffic
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*Make improper lane changes frequently and abruptly
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*Pass on the shoulder
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*Make hand and facial gestures
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*Scream, honk and flash lights
  
;Overview
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;If confronted by an aggressive driver, you should:
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Now that warmer weather has is right around the corner, motorcyclists will soon be out in force.  Drivers of cars, trucks and buses are reminded to look out for and share the road with motorcycle riders, and motorcycle riders are reminded to obey traffic laws, wear DOT-compliant helmets and other protective gear, and make themselves visible by wearing bright colors and using reflective tape.
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*Get out of their way as soon as you can safely
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*Stay calm — reaching your destination safely is your goal
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*Do not challenge them
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*Avoid eye contact
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*Ignore gestures and don’t return them
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*Report aggressive driving (vehicle description, license number, location)
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*Always buckle up in case abrupt movements cause you to lose control of your vehicle
  
Increasing safe riding and cooperation between all road users and motorcyclists will help to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries on our nation’s highways.
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;If it leads to deliberate acts of violence this is Road Rage, which is a criminal act
  
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;Report Aggressive Drivers:
  
;The Facts
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*Find a safe place to call 911
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*Be prepared to provide location, vehicle description and license plate.
  
Motorcycles are among the smallest and most vulnerable vehicles on the road and riders are at greater risk of death and serious injury than other vehicle operators if they are involved in a crash.  In fact, according to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), per vehicle mile, motorcyclists are 30 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of cars, and 5 times more likely to be injured.
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;Road Rage:
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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.
  
NHTSA’s latest statistics bear out this unfortunate fact.  In 2011, 4,612 motorcyclists died on America’s roads, accounting for 14 percent of total highway deaths despite motorcycle registrations representing only about 3 percent of all vehicles in the country. 
 
 
Despite historical declines in automobile fatalities, motorcycle deaths have increased every year for 13 of the past 14 years, except 2009 which saw a decline.
 
 
 
;Share the Road
 
 
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Motorists and motorcyclists have a common responsibility to share the road together in a safe, courteous and conscientious manner. Drivers need to be on the lookout for motorcyclists at all times, signal all lane changes and turns,  and constantly be checking mirrors and blind spots before proceeding. Drivers must be fully focused and alert to the road, and in control of their vehicles at all times by never driving impaired by alcohol, drugs or distraction.
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;The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) supports patrols to identify and cite AGGRESSIVE DRIVING and to enforce SAFETY BELT USE. Montpelier Police Department will support the ITD AGGRESSIVE DRIVING campaign from today, (11th) through the 28th of April. Officers will work overtime hours, funded by ITD to enforce these laws.
 
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Riders should obey all traffic laws, be properly licensed, use reflective tape and stickers to increase their conspicuous, and always wear a Department of Transportation-compliant helmet and other proper protective equipment. Like their motorist counterparts, motorcyclists should never ride while impaired or distracted.
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Together, motorists and motorcyclists can work together to keep each other and our roads safe for everyone, not only in May, but all year long.  Additional information about safe motorcycle riding can be found at [http://www.nhtsa.gov/Safety/Motorcycles the NHTSA web site].
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Latest revision as of 11:43, 11 April 2014

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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 218 deaths on Idaho roads over a 3 year period (2010-2012), and another 1,840 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.


The Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) supports patrols to identify and cite AGGRESSIVE DRIVING and to enforce SAFETY BELT USE. Montpelier Police Department will support the ITD AGGRESSIVE DRIVING campaign from today, (11th) through the 28th of April. Officers will work overtime hours, funded by ITD to enforce these laws.