KCPD aims to curb actions that spark road rage incidents

Jim Cunningham
November 06, 2017 - 7:45 am

Kansas City police are advising drivers to be more courteous after multiple road rage incidents around the area that have led to gunshots and even death. 

Road rage often arises when one driver is cut off in traffic or another driver seemingly ignores the rules of the road or common courtesy. 

Some common complaints from angry motorists include drivers who apparently do not know the difference between yield and merging, and people who drive slowly in the left lane when they are not passing another vehicle on a highway.

"It does infuriate some people when others are not familiar with how to use the roadways correctly," said Sgt. Grant Ruark, Kansas City Police Department.

Sometimes the sergeant is amazed at what the average driver does not understand.

"Who has the right-of-ways on on-ramps and off-ramps and intersections -- those are the things that sometimes, right or wrong, do contribute to other motorists becoming irate at them," Ruark said.  
Ruark says left lane driving is often a contributor to road rage. He says all drivers need to realize their angry actions could lead not only to an accident, but could mean prison time or even a devastating financial liability. 

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