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More dangerous drivers during holidays

November 19, 2006

Albany -- The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says that road rage involves a criminal act of violence. It's closely related to aggressive driving, which includes speeding, running red lights, and tailgating. Police say they'll respond to more drivers exhibiting these characteristics during the holiday season.

During the holiday season most people have somewhere to go. Whether it's shopping, visiting family, or going to a party, police say this time of year there are more people zooming around town.

"People try to get around to vacation areas and stuff like that, people do crazy things, and I've seen that I've seen people get cut off then run up and hit the person in front of them," said Brian Price.

Brian Price is an officer with the Tifton Police Department. Off-duty at the time of the interview, he says he's sees more aggression in driving when the holidays roll around. It's a problem that can lead to accidents, serious injury, even death on the roadways.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates at least of third of accidents involve aggressive driving. It includes speeding, tailgating, or running red lights, and it's a problem many drivers admit to having especially this time of year.

"I'm not a punctual person so I'm never on time so I rush and they do honk at me. One time I had a guy to throw something at my car," said Tonya Williamson.

Tonya Williamson travels the region as a musician. Her bandmates say to avoid these types of problems they leave places early and plan ahead for traffic.

"Don't rush you know you don't want to take away somebody else's Christmas, or holidays. Patience is a virtue," said Kelley Fisher.

A virtue police say drivers should display, rather than road rage.

"Especially during the holidays, it's never easy for families to lose a loved one in a situation that could have been avoided," said Price.

Drivers must put the brakes on their aggression behind the wheel, to make sure the holidays stay safe and happy for others.

To reduce stress level when behind the wheel make sure to get your sleep, turn down the bass on your radio, and be kind to other drivers.

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