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Message Monday - Don't be a clown. Just slow down


10-17 message monday        Some things just don’t make sense. Dressing up as a creepy clown just to scare people is one, purposefully driving in a way that’s unsafe is another.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show aggressive behaviors behind the wheel causes at least to 50 percent of the nation’s fatality crashes every year. Here’s the best way to handle yourself if an aggressive driver is menacing:

 - Let them pass.

- Stay relaxed and focus on your own driving.

- Avoid eye contact or making any gestures that might escalate the situation.

- In extreme cases, pull over to a safe place and notify the police.

Remember the days when seeing a bunch of clowns in a car was cute and funny. Not anymore.

The fatality count of 295 is an increase of 10 from last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to

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