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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      dondi1956
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awfully polite to call him young man. That was an animal plan and simple. People like this have a screw loose. Hope the police throw the book at him since he apparently is turning himself indefinitely suspend that license for a long period and a lot of therapy for that anger issue.
        dkp50
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dondi1956
        Suspending their License won't do anything.. They Still Drive w/o a Lic.. Having them Have to take 20 g. of XANAX - Seditive drug every orning will do alot better.. Making him Sluggish and Tired all the time..and very passsive Common Medication they GIVE PRISONERS AND SENIORS IN NURSING HOMES TO KEEP THEM SEDATED..
      archrunnr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Did I miss it or was there an explaination of why the "victim" motorist was driving around and getting into altercations on the road while filming it all with a dash cam? I guess I would use a cam if I was out looking to make a video to sell to the news..... Just saying.
        Bob E
        • 2 Years Ago
        @archrunnr
        You and Chuck (above) are both very astute. (See my reply to him).
      blindskeeter
      • 2 Years Ago
      Had the same thing happen to me in Fayetteville NC the other day. I am 52 and a 20ish year old was throwing crap at my car and trying to get me to pull over. I turned off another road but when I reached the stop sign there he was. Approaching my car with his girlfriend begging for him to come back (and the guy in the back seat that was throwing things) I reached for my gun and said "If you take one more step toward my truck I will shoot your ass". He made an excellent choice because had he come any closer he would be dead. I shoot to kill, never to wound. What was my crime? The car in front of me jammed on brakes to make a last second turn into the liquer store. I braked not to him him and the nut behind me had to brake not to hit me. I guess he figures I should have hit the guy in front of me. I just cant figure out why he didnt road rage on the other guy that caused the abrupt stop anyway. I am guessing he is really a coward and the other guy would be parking his car and getting out by the time he turned back on him. He would actually have to fight? I laughed the whole time. He had to realize I was not scared of him. Its not against the law to keep your hand gun on the seat beside you. I like to make sure they see me reach under the seat because it may clue them that I am carrying and save their own life. I dont want to shoot or kill anybody but I will...in a nano second. I had this happen to me twice. A guy on a motor cycle wanted me to pull in the parking lot and I said "Why would I do that, I can reach you with a bullet from right here. There is a fine line because you can go pointing a gun at people either. I let them know verbally without showing the weapon. When they see it, it will probably be too late if they dont stop fast.
      cutwagman
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to wonder if the victim started the whole thing. The victim may have messed with the wrong guy.
      chuck
      • 2 Years Ago
      lol this guy is a former cop really, what a *****.... why was he tapping this? i smell a set up.. he created this..
        Bob E
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chuck
        I didn't see him tapping anything Chuck. But he was taping it with his dash cam which is becoming more and more common in Austrailia and I think soon will be in the US. But of course you must be right when you say he created this - he just wanted to get on TV by getting his car wrecked and his life threatened. In addition, he must have wanted to put other peoples' lives in danger. I am amazed by your intelligence, Chuck. You certainly hit the nail on the head with your excellent observations.
      David Villanueva
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had my driver side window busted once by a crazy driver, who got angry after I honked my horn at them because the cut me off and caused me to swerve to avoid hitting them. I pulled up behind him at a red light and he got out and punched my window I called the police and drove into the median to get away. Most people on the roads today have no respect for their fellow man or the other drivers SHARING the roads with them, most fell IT IS ALL ABOUT THEM! This world is becoming a greedy mess of "me only" people.
        dkp50
        • 2 Years Ago
        @David Villanueva
        When People start to Get too Close to my Rear? ( Tailgating)? I just Pull over and let them Go Flying By.. It only take about 5 seconds out of my Time .. Try it.. 9 out of 10 x, that Tailgater will get Caught For Speeding or Goin over the Double Yellow Line passing you And then you can Stop and Laugh at them as you go By ... It's worked Many Times
      Mr. Mier
      • 2 Years Ago
      I may not know if they have a weapon, but I know I do.
      Dave
      • 2 Years Ago
      you mean to tell me that with the plate number very visible and the driver.they couldnt find his address and get him.come on.this is dumb.and the dispatcher asking all these stupid questions and not getting an officer out there while this was going on.the poor guy had to keep trying to ditch this syco and not hit otheres.if the lazy cops had gotten there they could have arrested the trouble maker.and this stupid woman dispatcher was more worried if the trouble maker had gotten hit when he rolled off this guys truck.what about the innocent victim..im sure not living there.
        xraybrain
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dave
        i agree with you. The dispatcer did not sound like she was "on his side"....not an advocate for the victim
      rdsbobby
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im surprised that the bloggers here are not looking to blame the attacked driver and finding an excuse for the jerks behavior. Dont worry the driver had a road rage insurance rider. The stupidity of thinking our law enforcment can do much more than write parking or speeding tickets. Lets get them into the business of stopping and catching bad people and out of the busines of writing parking tickets.
        John Meltorment
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rdsbobby
        WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST TO DO IF IT WAS YOUR MOMMA, WIFE OR DAUGHTER? CALL YOU AT WORK TO SAVE THEM?
        Jami
        • 2 Years Ago
        @rdsbobby
        Five posters before you did just that-blamed the victim.
      God Bless You
      • 2 Years Ago
      We have a lot of them just waiting to go berserk. The driver, when he jumped on his hood, should had accelerated and then used the brake...VIOLA ! The only negative part of this that then the driver would have had a hard time with the police and the human right jerks.
      • 2 Years Ago
      and if your legally carrying a gun shoot the jerk in the face!
        phitelover31
        • 2 Years Ago
        Every problem solved by shooting someone, huh? This is why the government is talking about taking guns away. how bout you learn how to defend yourself empty handed first.
          syborg60
          • 2 Years Ago
          @phitelover31
          The supreme court ruled (and expanded) on this in 2004. The goverment can pass all the fell good laws it wants, they'll all be over turned. Empty promises from "The dear leader"
          xraybrain
          • 2 Years Ago
          @phitelover31
          how does an elderly or partially disabled person defend themselves with an empty handed fist?
        Rita
        • 2 Years Ago
        You're odd, you know that?
      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.
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