[10/13/16] Have You Ever Been Involved In A Road Rage Incident?

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Road Rage is the term given to aggressive or angry drivers on the roadway, including rude gestures, verbal insults, physical threats, or dangerous driving methods directed toward another driver.

Douglas County Sheriff, Harvey Gjesdal, says a road rage incident occurred last week in Douglas County that resulted in a collision…

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Gjesdal adds that road rage is likely the product of a combination of factors…

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Nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year, according to a new study released today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The most alarming findings suggest that approximately eight million U.S. drivers engaged in extreme examples of road rage, including purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver.

A significant number of U.S. drivers reported engaging in angry and aggressive behaviors over the past year, according to the study’s estimates:

  • Purposefully tailgating: 51 percent (104 million drivers)

  • Yelling at another driver: 47 percent (95 million drivers)

  • Honking to show annoyance or anger: 45 percent (91 million drivers)

  • Making angry gestures: 33 percent (67 million drivers)

  • Trying to block another vehicle from changing lanes: 24 percent (49 million drivers)

  • Cutting off another vehicle on purpose: 12 percent (24 million drivers)

  • Getting out of the vehicle to confront another driver: 4 percent (7.6 million drivers)

  • Bumping or ramming another vehicle on purpose: 3 percent (5.7 million drivers)