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Ward excited about getting Wildcats 'back on track'

By Staff
In Massachusetts, Donald Graham, a 54-year-old bookkeeper, became embroiled in a heated, ongoing traffic dispute with Michael Blodgett, 42, on February 20, 1994. After the motorists antagonized each other for several miles on the Interstate, they both pulled over to an access road and got out of their vehicles. At that point Graham retrieved a powerful crossbow from his trunk and murdered Blodgett with a razor-sharp 29-inch arrow.
The story above is found in research on "road rage," or aggressive driving, printed on www.aaa-foundation.org.
It is far from the only story of its kind.
On Thursday, a tragedy could have been averted by a truck driver who responded to a shooting threat not by threatening to shoot back, but by calling the authorities and handling the situation appropriately.
Most all of us have experienced fits of anger in the car, whether at drivers who don't signal turns or lane changes, someone who cuts us off, or just someone who is speeding and endangering lives all around them and doesn't seem to care one bit.
While annoying, none of these things are worth an ugly incident of road rage. The important thing is how to respond. The AAA recommends a number of measures, most of which are common sense, but the main one is to take a deep breath, calm down and not respond to other drivers in an angry fashion.
The life you save by responding in the right way to a bad situation could be your own.

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