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Road Rage Altercation Results in One Man Being Shot

A man was left with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound after being involved in an altercation, possibly resulting from road rage. Around 6:40 p.m. on January 10, 2017, two men, both described only as “white males,” stopped along the northbound 241 toll road in Lake Forest and Mission Viejo, between Los Alisos Boulevard and Portola Parkway, and engaged in a confrontation. One of the men driving an “older model pickup truck” acquired a gunshot wound during the confrontation. Both men subsequently left the scene. The driver with the gunshot wound returned to his home in Irvine while on the phone with the police and paramedics and was later treated. It is currently unknown where the second driver, who was driving a “light-colored sedan,” is. Investigators issued a SigAlert in an attempt to search for more evidence.

The DMV defines road rage as any “aggressive or violent behavior stemming from a driver’s uncontrolled anger at the actions of another motorist,” which can include engaging in a confrontation, harming others with a weapon, prompting any of your passengers to fight with another driver, honking, or flashing your headlights. Road rage and aggressive driving can happen to anyone. However, it has been found to be a more likely occurrence among young males and those with certain psychological disorders. While aggressive driving does not always constitute road rage, it is very likely to lead to road rage.

Some steps you can take to de-escalate or prevent an instance of road rage include listening to calming music, taking deep breaths, and not making any obscene gestures or eye contact with other drivers. If you do engage in aggressive driving, you can still prevent further escalation by maintaining a distance between your vehicles to allow other drivers to pass you or by making an apologetic gesture. If someone engages in aggressive driving and upsets you, remember to remain calm and not take others’ actions personally. In any case, it is important to remind yourself that you are sharing the road and of the consequences that come with acting out aggressive driving.

If you are caught engaging in road rage, legal repercussions include going to court and being charged with a criminal offense, paying legal fees, and facing possible jail or prison time. Also, you could be putting your life in danger by engaging in dangerous vehicular maneuvers and those who may have weapons, damaging your vehicle, and putting other passengers and drivers in danger.

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