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Road rage incidents plague Las Vegas streets

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LAS VEGAS -- Sometimes what starts as anger behind the wheel can turn to violence or even death. Recently, three incidents in the Las Vegas valley have ended with someone being severely hurt or killed.

In late December, a woman shot a man in the neck after she said he grabbed her in a "road rage" dispute. Nearly a month later, police say a fight at a traffic light left a father dead. He was shot and killed in his car, with his two kids in the back seat.  Early Saturday, police found a man stabbed to death and they believe the incident was related to road rage.

Nevada Highway Patrol and Metro Police say they get road rage calls every single day.

Scooter rider Lee Grube knows all too well the perils of Las Vegas Roads.

"A lot of honks, a lot of people that just get real close to me and then zoom around me," said Grube, who says he has been the victim of road rage.

Fortunately, he says, a driver has never been angry enough to hit him.

"I've had some close calls, definitely," he said.

Police say if a driver threatens you, don't get out of the car, just drive away, if you can.

"A lot of people are calling in, saying that they're being followed, some sort of incident where somebody got out of their car and banged on the window," said Officer Larry Hadfield, Metro Police.

District Attorney Steve Wolfson says, in some cases, a person can fight back.

"You have a right to defend yourself and if you can't avoid that confrontation, if you can't avoid that physical altercation, and you have no other choice, you are allowed to use force," Wolfson said.

Even so, Wolfson adds that doesn't give someone the right to use a weapon in any road rage situation.

"If somebody is about to punch you, I don't think you'd be justified in shooting them with a gun," Wolfson said.

He can not answer how afraid or threatened a person must feel to legally use a weapon. Metro Police will also not address that issue. They will only say each incident is different.

Wolfson says when a person uses force, they need to prove that their life or someone else's was in danger.

Lee hopes none of his encounters turn violent but, as a precaution, he's started filming every time he rides his scooter.

"I said this is crazy, I need to get this. One of these days, I'm going to get hurt or something," Lee said.

He wants the camera to serve as a witness if there is a road rage incident.

If you spot road rage or are a victim of road rage, you do have options. Police say if you are in immediate danger, call 9-1-1. If you are not in immediate danger, call 3-1-1. Police say it's important to get a license plate number.

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