New York police offered some tips on what to do if you are confronted with a similar circumstance of road rage.Submitted by barracuda_trader on Wed, 10/02/2013 - 16:18
To try to keep group from heading into Midtown Manhattan this year, police set up checkpoints throughout the city. Kelly said during that effort, 15 arrests were made, 68 summonses were issues and 55 motorcycles were confiscated.
New York police offered some tips on what to do if you are confronted with a similar circumstance of road rage.
If you ever find yourself in this situation, police offer the following tips:
As you drive be aware of your surroundings at all times
Make sure to keep your doors locked and windows rolled up
Do not confront the offenders and call 911 at once
If possible, leave the scene and make your way to the nearest police precinct to file a police report — do not delay as your memory will be freshest at that point
Try to make a mental note of the appearance of the offenders and possibly their license plate numbers.
If you feel your life is in immediate danger, do not worry about leaving the scene of an accident — but use proper judgment, police said.
Security experts echoed many of the NYPD’s suggestions.
“Don’t get out of your car. Don’t do anything stupid,” said Jeffrey Jankelovits, president of Manhattan Armor, which armors vehicles. “Have someone call 911 obviously. Do whatever you can, but do not leave your car. Do not open your windows.”
Jankelovits also suggested honking your horn or turning your hazard lights on — anything that would help “bring attention to your car.”
The video shows the driver bolting twice after the bikers opened the driver’s side door.
“You want to make sure your doors are locked and that nobody can just open your door and come in, like we saw on the second stop on the Henry Hudson,” David Boehm, chief operating officer of Security USA, told CBS 2′s Lou Young.
If you get into an accident and there is no threat to life, you must not leave — especially without exchanging information with the other motorist first and ensuring that there are no injuries.
A verbal disagreement or argument with another motorist alone is no valid reason to leave the scene of an accident and could have criminal repercussions later, police said.
If you can get away safely and without further threat to your life, do so, and call 911 as soon as you can.
If fleeing, it’s important to know where you’re going, Jankelovits said.
“Is there a toll booth plaza up ahead?” he said. “Is there a gas station? Is there some place you can pull into safely with your car that has people there?”
But running comes with its own risks, Boehm noted.
“If you keep your vehicle under control … you don’t hit any bystanders, pedestrians, other vehicles,” he said. ”You’re still responsible even though someone may be following you.”