A Carnegie Mellon paper gauges that it would take 76 days to read all of the privacy policies for the companies you deal with, and that's before you get to the terms and conditions and other small prints. Judging how quickly states are adding new laws to their driving codes and swapping punishments, staying informed might also require a semester of reading pretty soon.

In honor of a woman who was paralyzed from the waist down as a teenager because of a road rage incident, New Jersey has just made Jessica Rogers' Law official. Rogers was a passenger when the driver of the car she was a passenger in went after another car that cut him off. Rogers' driver subsequently lost control and crashed.

The law upgrades the degree of a vehicular incident – from Disorderly Persons to fourth degree or fourth to third degree – if road rage is established as a factor. How will road rage be established? That will be up to officers and juries to decide. But short of obvious rage-worthy cases like the Oklahoma driver who pulled a gun after being honked at or the Alaska driver who fatally stabbed another, we see a lot of legal wrangling and plea deals plus big fines to go down to aggressive driving.

According to several sites of New Jersey trial attorneys, Disorderly Persons charges come with a maximum of six months in county. Fourth degree ups that to 18 months max, but things get serious at third degree with three to five years in the hoosegow and up to $15,000 in fines. Get ready for enforcement gymnastics, though, for as the wise defendant once said, "It ain't what you know, it's what you can prove."


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      TAZish
      • 2 Years Ago
      Want to curb road rage. Enforce the tailgating laws. At least 3-4 times each way to work i have someone on my bumper so close i can not see their headlights in the mirror, blocked by my trunk. What gets crazier is when i pull to the right to let them pass, half of them move to the right with me, don't want to pass just hug my bumper.
        Inachu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TAZish
        I do agree with you and I hate tailgating but I am new to it but I see in maryland they tailgate to prevent jerk drivers to merge within centimeters of the car in front and back. Yes maryland drivers merge in such a rude fashion that I am starting to tailgate to prevent them also and I hate it.
        Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @TAZish
        Had two high school morons in a BMW screw with me like that at night, down a twisty two lane stretch at night, just glued to the bumper, they'd blow by me over the double yellow with hazards flashing, then they'd speed up get down the road wait for me and then get right back on my bumper. I have no idea why I think they were just looking to mess with someone, now the Pilot at the time was loaded, all rows, 7 people including myself, so there was no way in hell it was gonna have even a chance of being able to get away from them. More worrying to me was that I could smell the BMWs brakes and tires.. If he suddenly lost it while trying to pass the loaded pilot and headed for a collision course with my car, there was no chance the Honda carrying all of us wouldve been able to get out of the way in time. My friends all helped let me know where the BMW was so I could make the correct move to keep us as safe as possible, they of course flipped the kids off keeping them coming back, enjoying our seemingly scared reaction. But I wasn't scared, quite the opposite, as the road got to a section I knew was gonna straighten out from previous experience, they stayed glued to the back bumper. I'd had enough, and the Pilot had one trick up its sleeve that the BMW wouldnt see coming.. The best brakes of all three of my cars. As we came up to the light, at the last second I warned everyone to hang on, checked where the BMW was (to make sure the trick would not backfire).. and stomped the pedal just hard enough to surprise him. Afterwards we looked back and the BMW was stopped WAYYYYY back, he got my point, which was "back the *^%# off", then when the light changed he did not try that on me again. Everyone in the car was laughing their asses off about it til we got home. Yeah sure, I brake checked him, but honestly that was the only way I could think to get him off my bumper without having to actually confront the kid.
      JH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will this include passive-aggresive drivers who slow down in the passing/left lane or who intentionally try to impede traffic?
        Jeffrey Stimson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JH
        No pretty sure it will only include the guy who floors it into the right lane taking off a cops bumper to go around the guy who is doing 5 over the speed limit already in the left lane. I mean thats only what I have observed here. I was once doing 80 in a 65 in the left lane once, kinda scared me when an officer was tailgating me. Turned out he thought I was driving too slow haha.
      Indytech
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds good on paper, but just like "hate crimes" it requires a mind reader to be sure. Bad law, throw it out.
      clearwater
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog, that guy can't be from Jersey. He doesn't have gold chains, or tight clothing.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      Good, as far as I'm concerned we can start treating road rage the same as DWIs with suspended licenses and jail time. If you're unable to control yourself behind the wheel of a 4000lb automobile then you don't deserve to be driving.
        Raymond
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Polly Prissy Pants
        Funny who is then policing those people that drive 4000lb cars and act careless and cut people off and drive like they would revolves around them then pretend like they did nothing wrong. Sorry dude both of them are wrong because you can't go around cutting people off and doing other things and think every one if going to show you grace some one is going to get ticked and no law can stop that.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's also 'who you know.' Chances are that certain minorities are going to be be slammed harder than others. In this country you get exactly as much justice as you can afford.
      AC2RC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes it will be the same crap as the "hate crime" laws have generated !!
      WillieD
      • 2 Years Ago
      That moron wouldn't have lost control if he didn't suck at driving. I say we fix the problem at the source and make it harder to get a driver's license.
      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm absolutely sick of all the road rage you see here in NJ, including one of my friends, he almost got into a literal fight with a guy who cut him off. Having myself almost been rear ended by a guy who didn't like that I gave him a little horn honk at a red light to get him moving (dived into the right lane out of the way at the very last second when I saw him coming up at high speed in the rear view, his resulting panic stop once he realized he wasn't gonna get me was hilarious), and my Pilot actually having taken a hit (my dad was driving) from a Passat that he cut off by accident, so the enraged woman decided that plowing squarely into the back of it was a good idea to make her point.. Except the Pilot was a lot more solid than she anticipated, it barely noticed the hit (the Passat burrowed under the Pilots back bumper, destroying its front end and buckling the hood up and back over the windshield.. It was barely able to drive away when my dad let her go, one of the next places it headed was for sure the body shop,the Pilot.. Being a 2004.. has the plastic bumper guard on its bumper cover.. Im sure you've all seen the first gen Pilots they're everywhere, so it has a tiny dent above the plastic.. You honestly cant see it unless you look for it.. It still has that bumper, which is its original). We really need more measures to curb road rage over here in NJ so I completely support this, now me myself I do not have the coolest temper, my fuse is pretty short, but if i am really annoyed by something (take for example my rough breakup two months ago) I just do not drive the car because I know it will go straight to my foot, if I have to go to class I take the train, and I only drive If I am 100% sure that it will not affect me, granted after that it took a couple of days to stop the annoyance from flaring up, but I kept to my regimen and didn't touch the car. my annoyance should not result in injury to someone else or excessive abuse on the car, not worth it. More people should think my way.
        Jason Allen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joe
        I may not want to do everything the way you do but I really appreciate that that you have a driving philosophy that makes safe driving the most important issue. I think all drivers should pay attention to traffic flow and do all they can to not ruin flow for others. You make some good points and I too wish more people thought like you.
          Joe
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jason Allen
          Thanks Jason. I made it seem like I was quite tempermental, but I don't have to do that quite often in terms of leaving the car, only after that breakup and during one other little thing before it were the two times I had to leave the car due to a serious irritation that I couldn't get a handle on. I don't live my life like an angry person out of control, which is how I sounded and probably why I got the downvotes.
      MichaelMM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Want to cure road rage? Put everybody on small displacement motorcycles for the fist three years of their driving lives. It would be a great way to breed respect for the road, and other operators. The added benefit is that (barring the unlucky incedent or two) it is a self correcting system as it weeds out all the asshats.
      Ed
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow the majority of these comments indicate that people have fogotten how to share the road. If people would stop viewing driving as a competiion and realize that by following the posted speeds and following the basic rules (including safe following distances, and staying to the right or center lanes as appropriate) we all arrive safely and sooner.
      Raymond
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry for Jessica but that moron that was most likely texting or talking cut the other person off first and most likely almost made them have an accident. Sure you should not retaliate but when it happens to them and they loose control they want a law to help them out....well to bad!
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