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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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      • 3 Years Ago
      the cops get on your ass for making a trip to 7-11 30 mins past curfew, but cant be there to stop something as crazy road rage? Wow shows how great the force is.
      aar0tc
      • 3 Years Ago
      FOLKS: A half ton of iron is not a toy ! If ya wanna play with Bent Fenders, go find a "Demolation Derby" .. Scarry to realize how fast a neck becomes inoperative - with MULTIPLE snap rolls ! ! I'm a Pilot, I do my rolls in lotsa AIR ~~~
      • 3 Years Ago
      Road rage is basically driving while under the influence of meth or cocaine.
      • 3 Years Ago
      How did he die? And when?
      • 3 Years Ago
      If people are that pissed off behind the wheel then give a 10 second count and see how you feel after wards ,if you still feel as though its worth going after the person who pissed you off ,by the time you get back into your car the person could be gone.Its like back in the Western days where people would chase on horse back and duel it out.But back then thats when the world was still uncivilized.Is that where we have gone back to? All this racial tension and anger is giving fuel to another kind of civil war.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      inventpeace
      • 3 Years Ago
      Everyone need to plan to leave 4 minutes early, so they won't be upset if traffic doesn't move at the rate the prefer, many drivers are wisely DRVING SLOWER to save GAS, which takes the price down and helps the economy revive. Driving slower also saves lives; WHAT IS THE DOLLAR VALUE OF ONE LIFE COMPARED TO JUST GETTING TO 7-11 30 SECONDS SOONER? Police and ER room personel appreciate driving slower because it minimizes their work as well. There is nothing wrong with driving slower to save gas as long as you are under the speed limit but try to stay to the right if you are not at least doing the speed limit so that those who are not speeding but driving faster can get by. I think its illegal to speed regardless of what lane you are in, so those who say that driving the limit in the left iane should get a ticket for driving too slow are wrong. Speeding in any lane is wrong thats for sure.
      K.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I had a terrifying road rage incident a few months ago and I was only 2 blocks from my house! I was pulling out of a shopping center parking lot when a guy parked next to me honked at me. I could then see his wife was walking behind my car, but I doubt I was about to hit her. I proceded to leave the lot and drive home. I was about 10 seconds away from the turnoff to my street when I heard honking. I didn't realize the guy followed me the two blocks and was honkging at me. When he pulled up next to me he was vicously yelling and honking. I never seen anyone so mad over absolutely nothing! Worse yet I was affraid he had saw where I lived!
      mcager
      • 3 Years Ago
      No one should go through that. I bet they never find the creton who shot him either.
      Jaicie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Personally, I think a majority of road rage is actually caused by the stupidity of road design/construction, as well as self-centered people "forgetting" others are on the road too. Lanes will suddenly narrow, exits and entrances are slammed together tightly not allowing for people to safely and easily enter and exit the freeway, roads aren't banked properly and traffic has to suddenly slow way down in order to keep on the road, ramps go from three or four lanes into one in a very short distance...all of which causes drivers to get enraged. People driving exactly the speed limit in the "fast lane" don't realize they're breaking the law when cars are stacking up behind them...it's called "impeding traffic"...thereby causing road rage. People driving in the "slow lane" don't realize that entering traffic, most of the time, has the right-of-way and the "slow lane" driver is required to either slow down or move over to the lane to their left...thereby causing road rage. PSAs should be blasted incessantly over every form of communication, including highway jumbotrons, in order to reduce the ignorance of drivers...thereby reducing road rage. So many of the road designers AND the goofballs that approve it should all be taken out and horsewhipped because they're ignorance and lack of foresight is a huge cause of road rage.
      Yourmomma
      • 3 Years Ago
      It takes a real tough guy to shoot an unarmed man. Hope your caught and soon, because I don't know how you can live with yourself.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have to agree with Ed. I spent some time on the road today and cannot tell you how many drivers went a good five MPH UNDER the speed limit in both the left and right lane, trapping everyone behind them. No telling how this road rage happend, but people are driving like internet trolls, almost seeming to enjoy irritating the other drivers.
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