Road rage has become so common that it's expected: in fact, it's
almost socially acceptable. However, the consequences associated with
aggressive driving and road rage behaviors can be extremely serious.
Many drivers aren't aware that anger and aggression regularly contribute
to car accidents, but the unfortunate truth is that many crashes begin
with road rage.
On July 1, two drivers were charged with vehicular homicide in connection with
a road rage incident on the Garden State Parkway in New Jersey. Witnesses reported that a Honda Pilot and a Chevrolet Trailblazer had
been driving erratically, making dangerous lane changes, speeding, and
tailgating each other when both vehicles merged onto an exit lane. At
that point, the Honda attempted to pass the Trailblazer on the right,
which caused the Honda to lose control, run off the road and strike a
guardrail. The vehicle was then propelled back into traffic, where it
overturned and smashed into the side of the Trailblazer. The Trailblazer
then ran into the guard rail. During the crash, a female passenger in
the Honda - 63 year-old Annetta Billingy - was ejected from the vehicle.
Billingy was airlifted to a nearby hospital, but she later died as a result
of her injuries.
Could this kind of crash happen in southeastern Missouri?
A fatal car accident is a possibility anywhere there are aggressive drivers
on the road. Recently, an aggressive driver in Kansas City pulled a gun
on another motorist, eventually leading police on a pursuit that ended
in a crash: thankfully, no one was injured in that incident. And in June,
a grandfather shot and injured a motorcyclist after being punched during a road rage dispute.
Aggressive driving behaviors include the following:
• Following too closely
• Weaving in and out of traffic
• Slowing down or stopping abruptly in front of other drivers
• Edging into adjacent lanes trying to push other drivers out of the way
• Running red lights and ignoring other traffic devices and laws
• Speeding up to keep another driver from changing lanes
• Racing or driving faster than surrounding traffic
In short, aggressive drivers place other motorists in danger by making
risky maneuvers in an attempt to control the road. These drivers frequently
cause car accidents with serious, even fatal consequences.
Southeastern Missouri has experienced 35 traffic fatalities so far in 2012.
If we all do our part, we can prevent additional crash deaths caused by
road rage incidents. Of course, all drivers get frustrated by traffic
from time to time, but it's a mistake to make a rash decision with
permanent, life-changing consequences simply because of frustration.Check out these tips on road rage prevention, and help ensure that more Missouri motorists arrive safely at their destinations.
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