Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

WITH re­cent in­ci­dents of road rage on lo­cal roads, it is im­por­tant driv­ers know how to avoid con­fronta­tion or re­spond to ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour. De­fen­sive driv­ing, be­ing cour­te­ous and pa­tient all go a long way to­wards be­ing safe and avoid­ing con­flict on our roads. If you have made a mis­take, ac­knowl­edge it to the other driver. Some­times a ‘sorry’ is all that’s needed. If some­one on the road is be­ing ag­gres­sive, try not to en­gage with them or make eye con­tact. Never make an­gry ges­tures, as these can be a trig­ger to fur­ther ag­gres­sion. If an­other driver or pas­sen­ger gets out of their ve­hi­cle to con­front you, lock your doors. Try keep driv­ing if safe to do so. If you are be­ing fol­lowed, try to get to a police sta­tion or a pub­lic place. Ser­vices sta­tions are good be­cause there are cam­eras and usu­ally lots of peo­ple. – Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Unit of­fi­cer Sergeant Paul Trim­ble

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