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Message Monday - Big mistake...huge... using a horn instead of a brake


5-10 horn not brakeWe get it. So many of us have been cooped up over the winter and now that we can get out, we want to get where we’re going quickly. Others on the road may not be in as big a hurry as you. That doesn’t mean you have to drive so aggressively that you put yourself and others at risk.

How do you know if you’re driving aggressively?  Here are some of the dangerous driving behaviors.




  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Taking frustrations out on other motorists
  • Erratic and unsafe lane changes
  • Failing to obey stop signs, yield signs, and other traffic signals
  • Driving illegally on the shoulder or sidewalk
  • Passing in zones where passing is prohibited
  • Failing to signal turns or lane changes
  • Running red lights
  • Ignoring other drivers
  • Failure to yield the right of way

If you find yourself being tailgated or on the receiving end of a frustrated or aggressive driver, stay calm. Do your best to safely get out of the way. Don’t escalate the situation if you can avoid it. Don’t challenge the aggressive driver by speeding up, slowing down or attempting to hold your position. If you feel threatened or in danger, report the aggressive driver to authorities.

Are you “that guy?” -

So far in 2021, there have been 76 deaths in traffic crashes. That is an increase of seven since last Monday. To see statistics published daily by the Office of Driver Services, go to the daily fatality report at

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