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A fender-bender in Roswell, Ga. could have had fatal consequences over the weekend.

After a car backed into his wife's SUV, a man went to confront the driver who allegedly caused the accident, according to ABC57-TV. Instead, she sped away – with him on the hood. She drove approximately two miles with the man clinging to the windshield wipers.

"A car could have trampled him, and he could have died," his distraught wife, Theresa Kim, told the television station.

Police have not yet located the driver. They say she faces felony aggravated assault charges.

What is road rage exactly? Usually, it is a momentary emotional response to a trivial situation while in the car. But it can also be when someone decides to take out their aggression on another person using the car as weapon.

Road rage incidents are hard to quantify and study, but experts suspect they are on the rise. A survey from the Automobile Association Driver Education Foundation asked respondents how they felt "behavior of motorists" had changed in recent years.

Sixty-two percent said it had become "worse," while only two percent said "better." Thirty-four percent said it had not changed.

In a recent survey, conducted by the AAA Foundation, of 3,147 American drivers, 55.1 percent of respondents said that aggressive drivers are a "very serious" threat to their personal safety and 33 percent said they were a "somewhat serious" threat.

Traffic experts struggle to produce hard-and-fast road rage statistics, because measuring the intent of motorists to injure their fellow drivers can be difficult. Most studies attempt to measure road rage using aggressive driving statistics, but their criteria, too, can be hard to agree upon.

Incidents have become frequent and bad enough in Michigan that the state has been messaging "Prevent Road Rage. Don't Engage" on highway digital signs around metropolitan Detroit.

Pegging reasons for a rise in road rage is very tough. Some law enforcement and psychologists point to economic stress on more people these days due to unemployment and under-employent, as well as the left vs. right political/cultural divide in the U.S. that seems to be exploited and fed by the media and political campaigns on a daily basis.

Road Rage Often Kills

Aggressive driving can be measured from the obvious – making rude gestures, tailgating and honking the horn – to the more nebulous – such as driving 10 miles over the speed limit.

Another study from the AAA Foundation analyzed more than 10,000 suspected road rage incidents over seven years and found they resulted in at least 218 murders and 12,610 injuries.

The reasons for the incidents were "often trivial," according to the study. When drivers explained why they became violent, they told researchers, "she wouldn't let me pass," "they kept tailgating" and "he practically ran me off the road – what was I supposed to do?"

According to the study, 37 percent of the violent incidents involved use of firearms, 28 percent involved other weapons and 35 percent involved the use of the car itself as a weapon.


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      milanllc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Drivers are just driving worse. Driving home today I counted 15 different people driving in the left lane on there cell phones. They were driving slower than the people in the right lane. Simple, keep right execpt to pass and stay off your phone if its not hands free! Most people do not take pride in driving any more. I do!
      LOU AND MARGE
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Road Rage" has been around for many, many years. I am now 74 years old and when I was in my early thirty's, I was involed in a very serious "road rage" incident but luckily no-one was injured. DESCRIPTION: I was driving the speed limit through a small town when suddenly a car with two women and two men tailgated me. My wife stated the hit my brakes, I did and that started it all. The people in the other car attempte to run us off a bridge, and eventually pointed a gun at us. We drove over 100 miles an hour and finally got away. After we call the police, they stated we did the right thing by speeding away as we could have been shot.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, this article makes a case for more surveillance cameras and more gun control.
      Saul Luizaga
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is easier to get a gun than a MCDOnald burger, that's the ******* problem... rage is to blame? don't be morons, rage can't be controled with a law, gun abundabce can, at least for the most part.
      MICHAEL
      • 3 Years Ago
      I cant speak to this particular incident, it is tragic. i can however give incite into why road-rage is rising. its because stupid people are talking or texting on their stupid phones and not concentrating on driving the 2 thousand pound machine they're in. weaving in the lane, going 25mph in a 40 m. zone and holding up traffic. constantly breaking because they arnt using proper judgement in traffic. but it sure is important they gotta text what to cook for dinner. numb-nuts
      joeovelman3
      • 3 Years Ago
      Try living in centrial Fla. its a three ring Circus. You have your locals who are trying to get to and from work, The large retirement group who are not in a hurry. and top it off with the people visiting here from all over the world for one of the top Vacation spots, and if you add several hundred thousand Illegal people who never have taken a drivers test before, there no wonder Road Rage isn't taught in the School s.
      jncclb
      • 3 Years Ago
      Road rage plus easy access to guns-=dead motorists. In the same vein-barbrawls plus guns, universities plus guns, soccor games plus guns=dead people.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      One of the biggest causes of road rage is the person who remains in the left lane (passing lane) of a roadway and won't yield to passing traffic. This is a main cause of tail gating and slolam driving. If you are not overtaking slower cars, get into the right lane and stay there.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I live in south florida and the bad drivers here are horrendous, I get so mad driving to work, a lot of them dont even have a license, texting, talking on their cell, you would have to see it to believe it, I could go on for hours of what I see, now I know why road rage is getting worse
      ajt1025
      • 3 Years Ago
      Americans are getting nuts over little things like driving. If we were not is such a rush today perhaps there would be less of this happening. Everyone thinks they are right all the time, but why is someone carrying a gun in their car? Why is it they feel they have the right to kill someone over such a small thing. When are Americans going to grow up and start acting like human beings?
      icruiz
      • 3 Years Ago
      When someone comes up behind me on the exspressway(doesn't happen often) they must be in a bigger hurry than me, and I get to the right and let them by. But you have some people, that for some reason, don't want people to pass them. My ex father in law, would be driving 65 in a 55, and when someone would come up on us he would say " I'm doing fast enough, he can go around.( we were in the left lane) I asked him, what gave him the right to go 10 miles over the limit( breaking the law) and the other guy not able to go 15 over the limit? As long as the road is fairly clear, I see no problem with driving 80, except it's against the law. I travel cross country quite a bit, if I don't see any cars on the road, I should be allowed to drive 100... Fatal accidents can happen at 35 or even lower.
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