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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.
  
'''Chief’s Message June 1, 2013'''
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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
  
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;If confronted by an aggressive driver, you should:
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'''Summer Safety Tips''' ''PDF File''
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:Nearly 70 percent of Americans, according to the American Red Cross, have been involved in some kind of summer emergency, ranging from insect bites to heat stroke and other life-threatening situations. Here is a file with some tips on how to keep you and your kids safe this summer.
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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
  
[http://montpelierpd.com/MPDWiki/images/d/d3/Press_Release_Summer_Safety_Tips.pdf Summer Safety Tips PDF File]
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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:
  
;Summer is the peak season for lightning-related deaths and injuries, though people are struck by lightning year-round.  
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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.
  
:The National Weather Service provides a wide range of information about lightning, [http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/  including these facts and tips:]
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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.
  
;General Tips
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*No outdoor area is safe when you hear thunder.
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*If you hear thunder, find a safe indoor shelter (a substantial building or enclosed, metal-topped vehicle with the windows up).
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;Indoor Safety Tips
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*Stay off corded phones, computers, and other electrical equipment.
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*Avoid plumbing, including sinks, baths, and faucets.
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*Stay away from porches, windows, and doors.
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*Never lie on concrete floors or lean against concrete walls.
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;Outdoor Safety Tips
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:No outdoor area is safe during a thunderstorm, but if you're caught outside with no safe shelter options,
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:take these steps to reduce your risk of being struck by lightning:
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*Come down from elevated areas.
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*Never lie flat on the ground.
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*Never shelter under an isolated tree.
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*Never use a cliff or rocky overhang for shelter.
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*Immediately get out and away from ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water.
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*Stay away from objects that conduct electricity, such as wire fences.
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;Read some interesting myths and [http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/facts_truth.htm facts about lightning.]
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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.

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.