A 19-year-old female from Cape Coral was arrested on July 15, 2019 in a road rage accident and charged with two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, reckless driving causing serious bodily injury, and criminal mischief over $1,000. The charges are the result of a two-vehicle crash in North Fort Myers on April 25th which injured four. The Cape Coral Police Department said at the time that charges were pending against the passenger in the teen’s SUV for spraying pepper spray in the window of the victim’s vehicle.
On July 17, 2019, a Lehigh Acres mother was arrested after being accused of repeatedly crashing into another car while her toddler was riding in the back seat. The victim told deputies the mother struck her car’s bumper at least five times and later side-swiped it on a busy Lehigh Acres street.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Auto Advantage reported that road rage and aggressive driving are causing serious problems on our roads. Sixty-six percent of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving, and 37 percent of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm. Further statistics show:
- Males under the age of 19 are the most likely to exhibit road rage.
- Half of the drivers who are on the receiving end of aggressive behavior, such as horn honking, a rude gesture, or tailgating, admit to responding with aggressive behavior themselves.
- Over a seven-year period, 218 murders and 12,610 injuries were attributed to road rage.
- Two percent of drivers admit to trying to run an aggressor off the road.
To help prevent road rage accidents, Safemotorist.com suggests all drivers take a road rage quiz by asking themselves these questions:
- Do you regularly drive over the speed limit or try to "beat" red lights because you are in a hurry?
- Do you tailgate or flash your headlights at a driver in front of you that you believe is driving too slowly?
- Do you honk the horn often?
- Do you ever use obscene gestures or otherwise communicate angrily at another driver?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is possible you are susceptible to road rage.
Florida leads the nation in road rage cases, which were up 71 percent from 2014 to 2017, and out-paced even larger states like California and Texas.
Dr. Nydia Conrad, a psychologist, told NBC News on September 13, 2018, “What the studies show is that as the population increases, so do the incidents of aggressive and impulsive behavior. Once you stop seeing someone as a person, once you start seeing them as an object, people are more likely to act aggressively, because they don’t have empathy or sympathy toward the other human being.”
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