Do not engage in aggressive driving or road rage.
That’s the message from Illinois State Police director Brendan F. Kelly.
He says ISP is seeing an increase in expressway road-rage shootings in the Chicagoland area. While this is increase is noted in the north, it applies to Central Illinois as well.
Kelly adds high summer temperatures can lead to hot tempers and people losing their cool, or even resorting to the use of firearms. He concludes with, “Keep calm and stay alive.”
Engaging in road rage significantly enhances risk of being involved in a crash, even without the risk of gun violence.
One example included a victim driving on I-90 earlier this month when a driver fired one round through his window. Another situation found a victim with 20 different bullet holes in his vehicle on I-94. Both victims are okay.
It’s important to recognize the warning signs of aggressive driving. These signs include tailgating, cutting off other vehicles, improper lane changes, distracted driving, and speeding.
Victims of aggressive driving should call 911 immediately. If an aggressive driver is following you, drive to the nearest police department or to a well-lit populated area and call 911.