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Hitting the brakes on road rage

In his six years on the road, Virginia State Trooper Scott Bass says he's seen it all.

"We see people following too close, making multiple lane changes, traveling at a high rate of speed or a combination of all three," he explains.

Aggressive drivers come from all walks of life, but there is one excuse Bass says he hears over and over.

"For most people I stop, they're running behind," he says. "They didn't leave enough time at the beginning of the day to get ready for work, so they're trying to make up time on the roadway."

For some people, it's hard not to show frustration with a driver who cuts them off, but Bass says the best way to handle it is to "move over a lane, try to take an exit…do something to get away from them."

"What you don't want to do is use obscene hand gestures," he adds. "Try to keep from glaring at the other driver and avoid honking the horn. It'll only make matters worse."

And when matters get worse, fatal accidents can happen.

Richmond police don't know what sparked the aggression in a recent case of road rage that resulted in the death of 24-year-old Christopher Fisher. Fisher was commuting to work one morning when an aggressive driver reportedly cut in front of him and hit the brakes, causing him to lose control of his vehicle and crash into a concrete overpass.

Bass says if you find yourself in a similar situation, don't hesitate to call police with the license plate and a description of the car and the driver.

"Please call, because there might be somebody close by and that aggressive driver isn't going to do it to just one person…they're going to continue to do it down the road until they get to their destination."

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