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Police warn against road rage

With people hustling and bustling to their destinations it’s easy to cut someone off or offend someone. That’s exactly what Idaho State Police said happened Wednesday.

State police said Tiffany Tibbitts was driving down US 20 when she became impatient with another driver. Police said Tibbitts passed the car, which was in the passing lane. While passing she underestimated the space she had available and clipped the car, this caused two other vehicles to lose control. The other drivers were not harmed, but Tibbitts ran off the rode into a pole and was taken to the hospital.

Although authorities say this incident was not a case of road rage, but instead aggressive driving, Sgt. Scott Zaugg said they still are taking this case and others like it very seriously.

“It’s a significant event when we have someone that’s driving aggressively,” said Zaugg.

Officials believe that Tibbitts may have been impaired at the time and are awaiting a toxicology report. Despite the reason for Tibbitts’ actions, many are wondering why police don’t consider this road rage.

“Generally, road rage has some type of aggression directed more purposely toward another driver,” said Zaugg.

Whether it’s road rage or aggressive driving, Zaugg said it is best to avoid reckless driving situations. He said its best to stay calm, and if you can, report the incident as soon as possible.

“Reporting something like that is what we would recommend. If you’re in a position to continue observing the behavior you can help us locate them. That’s always great for us,” he said.

If you witness any dangerous behavior on the road, police advise that you dial #ISP.

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