Weekend Road Rage Incident Leads to Gunshots in Sioux Falls
You can add road rage to the ever-growing list of problems going on in society right now.
Cases of road rage can and do happen all the time, but it seems like they are more frequent during the warm weather months when the summer heat and humidity start to make people more irritable. I guess David Lee Roth from Van Halen was right when he dubbed the phrase "Crazy from the heat?"
Tempers flared over the weekend again in Sioux Falls, as the city's latest road rage incident led to gunshots.
Dakota News Now reports the most recent case of road rage here in the Sioux Empire started in the area of 6th Street and Cliff Avenue when Daniel Jay Bien Jr. allegedly cut off another driver in traffic. That action precipitated a verbal altercation further down the road at 10th and Cliff.
The heated verbal exchange quickly escalated to something far more dangerous, as Dakota News Now reports that Bien took out a handgun and pointed it in the direction of the other driver's vehicle.
The police report states that Bien fired at least one round at the victim's car.
According to Dakota News Now, Bien was arrested, and booked on several different charges including discharging a firearm from a moving vehicle.
How can you avoid road rage?
Sergeant Cody Nachreiner of the Sioux Falls Police Department offers this simple advice.
”You don’t know who’s in the car next to you, so avoid hand gestures, avoid any sort of verbal dialogue that goes between the two of you. Just try to be the bigger person and move on with your day and hopefully, that person moves on with theirs."
Nachreiner suggests residents take a page right from the police department's very own playbook. First, take a few deep breaths before you take any action. If you’ve got a second to just take a deep breath before you act that always clears your mind.
The PD teaches de-escalation.
Take 2.4 seconds to take 2.4 minutes to take 2.4 hours before you act.
Should you ever fall victim to a road rage incident, the Sioux Falls Police Department recommends you call 911 right away, and then make every effort to find a safe location to pull over at, like a firehouse or the police station if possible.
Source: Dakota News Now