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Road rage

There have been several articles in The Union regarding road rage, which was defined by a Highway Patrol officer out of Truckee. What he failed to state what causes road rage: “In your face” driving. Case in point: Robert Ash drives his Aston Martin on Highway 89 and cuts Timothy Brooks off because he can. Why, because he’s driving a vehicle that costs over $125,000 and is capable of going 175 mph (as per Aston Martin). Now Ash is dead and if he had not cut off Brooks with his ego vehicle and if he had not gotten into a confrontation outside the cafe and if he had apologized, perhaps he would still be alive. Think of the lives Ash destroyed that day by his in-your-face driving. He is dead and leaves behind a wife, family and friends. Brooks is now on trial for murder and if convicted, will leave behind a wife, family and friends. The news suggests Ash was arrogant and belligerent – I suspect so as my 20 years with the LAPD in Los Angeles saw a tremendous amount of road rage with subsequent killings as a result of attitudes.

Gary Pesselt

Grass Valley


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