Dear reader, getting cut off in traffic is not about you, it’s about the impatience and neglegence of “the other guy.” So don’t let it become about you by taking it personally.
- Never put your life in jeopardy by getting engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse – because at some point, the mouse is likely to get eaten.
- Never stop in traffic to engage another motorist, unless required to do so by law, such as after a accident.
- Never open your doors or windows to engage an angry motorist; the smart move is to drive away.
(New York Post) Four women brawled at a traffic light in Florida, with one suspect appearing to use a baton as a weapon … VIDEO.
(Wikipedia) Road rage is aggressive or angry behavior exhibited by a driver of a road vehicle, which includes rude and offensive gestures, verbal insults, physical threats or dangerous driving methods targeted toward another driver or a pedestrian in an effort to intimidate or release frustration.
Road rage can lead to altercations, assaults and collisions that result in serious physical injuries or even death. It can be referred to as an extreme case of aggressive driving.
The term originated in the United States in 1987–1988 from anchors at KTLA, a television station in Los Angeles, California, when a rash of freeway shootings occurred on the Interstate 405, 110, and 10 freeways in Los Angeles.
These shooting sprees even spawned a response from the AAA Motor Club to its members on how to respond to drivers with road rage or aggressive maneuvers and gestures.
According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that examined police records nationally, there are more than 1,200 incidents of road rage on average reported per year in the United States, a number of which have ended with serious injuries or even fatalities.
These rates rose yearly throughout the six years of the study.
A number of studies have found that individuals with road rage were predominantly young (33 years old on average) and 96.6% male.
In Germany, a gun-wielding truck driver was accused of firing at more than 762 vehicles and arrested in 2013, an exceptional case of road rage. According to authorities, the autobahn sniper was motivated by “annoyance and frustration with traffic.”
In some jurisdictions, there can be a legal difference between “road rage” and “aggressive driving.” In the U.S., only a few states have enacted special aggressive driving laws, where road rage cases are normally prosecuted as assault and battery (with or without a vehicle), or “vehicular homicide.”
The legal definition of road rage encompasses a group of behaviors expressed while driving, or stemming from traffic-related incidents.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines road rage as when:
“The operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.”
This definition makes the distinction that aggressive driving is a traffic violation and road rage is a criminal offense.
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