This headline on the Colorado Springs Gazette website caught my eye. It's not everyday that someone gets killed for such a mundane bodily function! I am by no means making light of the horrible outcomes for everyone involved, but this story does serve to remind us how easy it is for innocuous situations to escalate out of control.
For instance, I was at a local grocery store yesterday and as I backed out of my space, a lady in a green Camry who was speeding through the parking lot (gotta get those groceries), slammed on her brakes, screeched to a halt, threw her arms up in frustration, and then sped away. Really Camry lady? You had to slow down for two seconds so you pitched a fit? Or, like last week when my best friend Matt called me from California to let me know he was assaulted while walking his dog on the beach because he had the nerve to ask a man to put his three pit bulls on a leash.
Anyway, everyday we see horrible manners and awful driving. Often those things become linked and a Road Rage ticket is issued--usually a reckless driving ticket coupled with an assault charge. Depending on your prior driving and criminal history, those charges could result in a loss of driver's license, fines, a restraining order, an anger control class (maybe it's needed), and a potential jail sentence. To avoid these situations, it's best to remember to be kind to others and use your good manners. But if you do inexplicably find yourself in a situation that exploded out of control, you should call a Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney to help you sort through the Road Rage scenario.