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Message Monday - Deck the halls, not the guy who cut you off


12-4 message mondayThe holiday season is in ramping up. How’s your stress level? Shopping, decorating, cooking, hosting parties and the dozens of other activities that can occupy your mind during this happiest of seasons can take a toll on your mental state.

Most of us know aggressive driving when we see it, but do you recognize when you’re being aggressive behind the wheel? Here are some signs to look for.



Are you:

  • following too closely?
  • driving at excessive speeds?
  • weaving through traffic?
  • running stop lights and signs?
  • getting angry at other drivers around you?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines aggressive driving as, “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.” An important distinction is that aggressive driving is a traffic violation, while road rage, aside from the yelling and gesticulating, can be a criminal offense.

Holiday road rage is a thing and can even be termed as “emotionally impaired.”

The fatality count of 304 is an increase of five since last Monday. In all of 2016, 402 people were killed on Iowa highways. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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Iowa highway in the evening