One moment, Ken Olsen was uneventfully driving down a highway. The next, an angry motorist was purposely rear-ending him and making rude gestures.

That was just the beginning.

In an eight-minute ordeal captured by a dashcam, the assailant pulls alongside Olsen's car and bumps him, retreats, pulls along the other side of Olsen while straddling a grassy median and, finally, veers in front of him and slams on his brakes, causing an accident.

That was just the beginning of this dramatic road-rage episode. Next, the raging driver gets out of the car, climbs on Olsen's hood and shatters his windshield. The incident took place in the Queensland, Australia last week.

"He was going berserk at me again, and I'm thinking, 'This bloke seems a little unbalanced," Olsen told CQ News. Police are still searching for the assailant.

The case is hardly an isolated one. In a June incident that has several parallels to the Australia one, a Tampa woman allegedly rammed the vehicle ahead of her, and punched two drivers when she accosted the victim vehicle. In September, a Texas woman shot and killed a motorist after a minor collision in a gas station lot.

In a recent survey, 8 of 10 drivers questioned by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety say aggressive driving is a "serious" or "extremely serious" risk that jeopardizes their safety. It says that aggressive driving leads to more than half of all traffic fatalities.

While aggressive driving can include common behaviors like speeding and tailgating, the foundation also says it can include seeking confrontations with other drivers.

What should you do if confronted by an unruly maniac like the one in the video above?

--If someone is shaking their fist and making threatening gestures, the best move you can make is pull over and let them get away from you, or turn off of your route to get away from the other car. The best way to avoid a fight is to leave it before it starts.

-If someone has left their vehicle and is confronting you on foot outside of your car, get your doors locked. Calm yourself and turn away. If you have your phone, dial 911 and let the responder know that the police are coming.

-Do not retaliate against a road rage instigator. You have no idea whether the person has a weapon. Be smart. Try to leave the area of the instigator as quickly and safely as possible.



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      • 2 Years Ago
      happens everyday in boston
      janescriv
      • 2 Years Ago
      This guy, who was being attacked, should win some kind of award for being polite and mannerly with the silly woman on the phone while he was being shoved all over the road by this utter lunatic. What an ordeal!
        rawkstar4179
        • 2 Years Ago
        @janescriv
        The "silly woman" on the phone was a police dispatcher, trying to gather the information that she had been trained to gather to be able to get as clear a picture of the situation as she could, so she could then give that information to her officers. Telling him to drive to a police station is usually the first thing you want to try, because there is generally at least one armed person (patrol or detective) that is there, or can get there quickly (as opposed to trying to find someone traveling on the streets continually making U-turns and going offroad to get away from the nutcase). She probably didn't understand how aggressive the guy in the black truck was being (to the point where this guy couldn't even drive in a straight line for a half a mile) when she said that to him. If the nutcase had been pointing a gun at this guy, and for some reason he neglected to mention it (or didn't even think to mention there's a passenger with a gun), and the police pulled up without knowing there was a gun there, the police could be in even more danger.
      • 2 Years Ago
      maybe australia should have banned road rage before GUNS. then the creep might have given it a second thought before putting so many peoples lives in danger. if he was willing to destroy his car to kill this guy than he would be more than willing to run over people on the sidewalk to do it too. THE BADA$$ HAD NO FEAR. REMEMBER THAT PEEPS.
        • 2 Years Ago
        ummm.... isn't it more likely that the road rage person would have shot the other?
      highplainsbubba
      • 2 Years Ago
      This just in. The TSA has announced the will no longer allow passengers to bring automobiles on aircraft.
      grundoboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      you rear end me, you learn to dodge lead....I can handle it if i screw up, but if a person tries to knnock you off the orad, it goes to self defense. Ask a cop what they do if someone comes at them with a car...
      ae12wrangell
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. Isn't he just adorable? (not really.)
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should ban cars in the UK. Then they wouldn't have any road rage.
      Becky
      • 2 Years Ago
      This behavior seems to be escalating in every country. Something has got to be done about it b/c people are going to be killed including innocent children helplessly riding in these cars. Stiffer laws against this behavior have simply got to be passed. Defensive driving is hard enough w/o this extra emotional attack. We have become a people not wanting to become involved in other people's business but we have to take a stand against this craziness. This is a time when cell phones should BE used in automobiles. The police and/or 911 should have been over-whelmed in calls.
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's why I keep a gun in my car. Would have shot both of those freaking spics in the chest.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is what I love about the holiday's. Peace,understanding,faith and good will towards men and women.
      dondemaria
      • 2 Years Ago
      So, Aamerica does not have a monopoly on idiots--I see Australia has its share also.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would run him over with the car
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