January 27, 2023

Missouri State Highway Patrol sees enhance in road rage, features protection suggestions

ST. LOUIS – The Missouri State Freeway Patrol is ramping up its message for all those obtaining amped up on the freeway. 

“Over the final a number of months, we’ve obtained a significant maximize in road rages incidents being claimed to us in our region,” stated Cpl. Dallas Thompson, Missouri Point out Freeway Patrol Troop C.  

“So, the freeway patrol together with the St. Louis Area Law enforcement Chiefs Affiliation has place out a PSA to put out some data about the worries we have about that and protection issues and guidelines to stay away from staying in a highway rage incident.” 

Recent stories of gun violence on Missouri highways have troopers taking their general public services announcement out and encouraging cooler heads to prevail when guiding the wheel. 

“If you come across yourself coming in get in touch with with anyone who is an intense driver, the very best matter you can do is to slow down and permit that driver go by you,” Thompson explained.  

“Or, if you require to choose the upcoming exit, get off the roadway, and set some time and length amongst you and that intense driver. Never have interaction in any form of verbal escalation with the occupants of people autos.  

“Because that can escalate rapidly. And about previous several months, we have noticed that escalate to the place shots have been fired from a single car to a further.” 

Like in modern reviews of highway shootings in Chesterfield, Creve Coeur, and along I-64/40 in which the auto of St. Louis County Councilman Ernie Trakas was struck by a bullet when driving near Frontenac. 

“Remove yourself from the circumstance and continue you on your journey safely and securely,” Thompson reported. 

“When it is harmless to do so, contact 911 or *55 from your cell phone, that will get you to the nearest freeway patrol headquarters. And report that incident or report that intense driver. Let us come and choose care of that and you don’t get treatment of it yourself.” 

Troopers can’t attribute the pandemic as a trigger for tensions to increase on roadways, but they do see an uptick in the range of motorists exhibiting guns and reports of photographs fired on roadways.