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Road rage isn't funnyó

–especially when you consider how much it costs to have government agencies watching each others backs:

California Highway Patrol officers have been called to around-the-clock duty near the site of a major road project after some drivers' frustrations over a highway closure led to reported death threats against workers at the construction site, officials said.[...]

In one instance, a driver threatened to grab a high-powered rifle and fire at workers, Caltrans spokeswoman Terri Kasinga said.

She and project superintendent Dennis Putnam, of construction contractor Yeager Skanska Inc., said no actual violence has occurred at the job site, but the threats are being taken seriously. Kasinga said Monday she felt nervous standing near the junction of Highway 138 and Highway 2 at the north end of the project.

To our orange-clad public servants: we're laughing with you, not at you. Really.

Skaidra Smith-Heisters is Policy Analyst


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