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Road rage: Keeping yourself safe

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The video doesn't show what led to road rage incident, but it does show what happened after: motorist Karen Smith, a school bus driver who was driving her own car at the time, approaches motorist 19-year-old Tess. It happened on Highway 84 on April 16.

After the scuffle, Tess ended up with a bump on the head. 17-year-old Elexus Wallace, who shot the video, says she received a bloody nose and marks on her face from Smith's punches.

State Highway Patrol Corporal Odis Easterling watched the video with us, and provided some safety tips during an incident that could escalate into road rage.

First, if someone tries to flag you down, don't stop. Call authorities and explain to a dispatcher what's going on. "Immediately you should be on the phone dialing *47 or 911, making contact with local authorities in the area," Corporal Easterling says. "They'll respond. At the same time, they're gonna guide you to what to do."

Second, if you do stop, there's no reason to open your car door and get out. "If you're outside the car, you have no idea what that person is capable of," Corporal Easterling says.

Finally, get a police officer to respond to the scene to get a report. That way the officer can get information and statements from both parties.

"These things happen across the nation. They're serious incidents," Corporal Easterling says. 

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