Keep Yourself Safe In Road Rage Incidents

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At high speeds tempers can escalate, sometimes leading to dangerous situations on the road.

"Cutting people off, going too fast, going off the shoulder, hitting their brakes to exacerbate people behind, them all different types of scenarios," said Michigan State Police Lt. Therese Cremonte.

Police officers respond to multiple reports of road rage every day.
But when drivers take matters into their own hands, the results can be deadly

On Tuesday a Howell man was killed when he confronted another driver. Last year an alleged road rage incident in Ionia ended with both drivers dead, when they pulled over to settle the dispute but ended up shooting each other.

"You never know what's happening in that other persons world all you know is that you're seeing some type of erratic behavior that's coming out in their driving," Cremonte said.

Which is why police say drivers should always dial 9-1-1 and stay in their car.

"When you go out into a roadway you're exposing yourself to other vehicles that may not see that you have exited your car and are in the lane of travel," Cremonte added.

When tension is high weapons can come out. But when it comes to using those for self defense, lawyers say that's something you'll have to prove to a jury.

"Just because you have the gun, whether you have the concealed weapons permit or not, doesn't mean you're justified when you take it out and use it," said attorney Mike Nichols.

Police also say when you see someone driving recklessly never stop and try to reason with them, because a fight isn't worth your life.

"Don't be that frustrated driver. Back off, take your time, remember that your mission is to get to your destination safely," Cremonte said.

Police say road rage incidents happen most often on Fridays, when people have been stressed from an entire week of work.

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