San Diego County resident Kevin Ely recorded a road rage incident Wednesday afternoon from his dash-mounted iPhone at Mapleview Street and Highway 67. It only lasted about a minute, but with his two young daughters in his car, it was enough for him to worry about their safety.
"I can't afford to have something like that causing accidents. That's stupidity. There's no thought process as to the people around you. There were people next to me thinking the same thing as I was and backed up," Ely said.
CHP Officer Brian Pennings says there could be penalties for the drivers caught on the video, who put so many others at risk.
"You have the brake checking, you have the tailgating, you have the unsafe lane changes, you have the intentionally cutting people off -- there are some consequences to this," Officer Pennings said.
He says if you find yourself in a road rage confrontation, you should adjust your own attitude and put yourself in the other drivers' shoes.
"A simple beep on the horn would have been just fine. The actions after that, where you aggressively go after them to let them know what they've just done can escalate into a very dangerous situation. We have had people shot and killed in situations that are even less than what you just saw in this video. It's not worth it. There is no way you can win no matter what you do. Just back off and let it go," Officer Pennings said.
For the safety of his children, Kevin says he'll continue to patrol and roll, looking for drivers who can't control their tempers.
"I'm out there driving around with the camera on and it's to catch things like this, so you'd better start behaving," he said.
The CHP is analyzing the license plates on both vehicles to find out who the registered owners are, so it's possible the drivers will be contacted about the incident.
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