ROAD RAGE SEMINAR AJAX AND PICKERING COMMUNITY POLICE OFFICE COMMUNITY RESOURCE UNIT.
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Acting out in anger while driving a motor vehicle
Road rage occurs when one driver provokes another driver by showing disregard for other drivers on the highway.
Examples: tailgating, unnecessarily slow driving,cutting other motorists off the highway
Major and minor assaults, threatening, murder, dangerous driving,careless driving, other highway traffic act and criminal code offences
Criminal code offences, whether or not they are committed out of frustration due to problems incurred on the highway must be investigated and appropriately dealt with.
This may mean criminal charges, and convictions imposed by the criminal courts.
Many are men between the ages of 18 and 26, but anyone can become aggressive if they allow the situation to occur and become provoked.
Furthermore, allowing violence to take precedence over proper and safe driving ensures that other incidents such as motor vehicle collisions will occur, jeopardizing the safety of all other motorists.
-- Relaxing music
-- When planning your outing allow additional time to reach your location in the event of unexpected road incidents like construction and motor vehicle collisions
-- Avoid the use of cell phones. Cell phones prevent us from having proper concentration on driving and may cause unsafe driving maneuvers. The use of cellular phones may also increase a sense of urgency to reach a destination in order to meet other demands.
The following actions have been consistently linked to the cause of road rage:
--CUTTING PEOPLE OFF:
Always signal your intentions and ensure you have plenty of room to execute your move. If you accidentally cut someone off attempt an apology with an appropriate gesture. If you are cut off, keep in mind it was probably unintentional and allow the driver in and make space as to keep a safe following distance.
-- Drive appropriately in the left hand lane,
Even if one is traveling at the speed limit, allow drivers who want to drive faster drive in the left lane. Avoid putting yourself in danger. Drivers may become hostile if slower motorists do not make way for those driving faster.
Don’t follow anyone too closely. Drivers become intimidated by drivers appearing to be too close behind them and may take aggressive action to make the other motorist aware of their discomfort to your proximity. Allow a safe following distance. ( Count to 3 one-thousandths). Drivers being tailgated should not slam on the brakes as an accident may occur, but allow the party to pass.
Avoid making hostile gestures to other motorists when unhappy about the situation that has occurred. Gestures speak loudly to other motorists and may bring on other more aggressive actions. What may have been thought as a harmless gesture, done out of frustration may have been “the straw that broke the camels back”.
(Horn honking, hand gestures)
- - Don’t allow yourself to be antagonized into a fight with another driver. To have a fight it takes at least two. Never have to regret your actions . Avoid retaliation.
-- They are the proper authority to deal with a driver that is being aggressive or dangerous. Make note of the licence plate, vehicle and driver’s description.
Don’t try to settle the score.