We often hear about road rage incidents in the news. With people often in a rush or frustrated while on the road it’s not uncommon for drivers to become disgruntled with one another and for issues on the road to escalate into verbal or physical altercations.
Road rage is defined as violent or visibly angry behavior by a driver of a motor vehicle, which can result in crashes or other incidents on roadways. It also called an extreme case of aggressive driving. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has ways to both identify and avoid road rage to keep you and other drivers safe.
Possible signs of road rage or aggressive driving can include: generally aggressive driving, including sudden acceleration, braking, and closely tailgating, cutting off other drivers, or preventing other vehicles from merging, hitting the horn or flashing lights, shouting obscenities or threats, hand gestures, intentionally causing a crash between vehicles, getting out of a vehicle in an attempt to start a confrontation, threatening to use or using a weapon and throwing objects from a moving vehicle.
According to the MCSO, ways to avoid road rage include:
• Keep a cool head
• Avoid eye contact
• Never make obscene gestures
• Do not use your vehicle to intimidate others
• Get out of the left lane for other fast moving vehicles
• Do not become frustrated or stressed out-if you do, remove yourself from the situation
and call 9-1-1
• Never get behind the wheel if you are tired or irritable
• Avoid confrontation
If you witness road rage, contact the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office non-emergency hotline at 602-876-1011. If it is an emergency, please call 9-1-1.