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Police have tips on avoiding 'road rage' confrontations


MIDDLETON, Wisconsin (WKOW) -- Winter weather and the resulting slick roads and highways can put drivers on edge.

The Middleton Police Department typically sees about six incidents of "road rage" each year, according to Sgt. Steve Britt.

Britt said road rage can happen anywhere. In some instances, angry drivers happen to be carrying guns.

That happened this week, when a man was shot by another driver in Northwest Indiana.

"Usually road rage type incidents occur with the more aggressive drivers," said Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. Greg Jenswold.

"You'll know who they are," he added. "They're the speeders, the drivers passing on the right, the ones following (other drivers) too closely."

Jenswold said if someone is tailgating or harassing you on the road, don't pull over.

"You never want to stop because the individual who's the aggressive driver is going to be looking for a confrontation," Jenswold said.

"In today's day and age with weapons out there, you really don't want to find yourself in a place with no help," he said.

Jenswold said victims of road rage should keep driving but at a slower speed, so as to allow the aggressive driver to pass.

He said it's not advisable to make any type of gestures or facial expressions towards the aggressor.

Britt said if a driver refuses to pass and continues to harass you, just call police.

"Or, if you know the are, I'd really recommend you just drive straight to a police department," Britt said.

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