Rage News Stories Part
Road Rage News Stories Around the World
compiled and edited by Dr. Leon James
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Look forward in anger or rage?
In May 1951, Dylan Thomas wrote the poem Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night,
addressing his father who was approaching blindness and death. The final lines are: Do not
go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. In 1956, John
Osborne's play Look Back In Anger was first performed. Its main character Jimmy Porter
became known as the "Angry Young Man", and typified the playwrights of Osborne's
generation. In the 1990s, it seems that English language users are heeding the message of
Thomas rather than Osborne.
An AA Driver Education Foundation article (http://www.aadef.co.nz/roadrage.shtml) says:
"In the late 1980s, drivers in the US, apparently frustrated by increasing
congestion, began fighting and shooting each other on a regular basis, victims of what the
popular press termed road rage." and goes on to inform us that "In the US,
unverified figures of up to 1200 road rage related deaths a year have been reported."
In a survey of 526 British motorists carried out in January 1995, 90 per cent had
experienced "road rage" incidents in the previous twelve months and 60 per cent
admitted to losing their tempers behind the wheel, indulging in aggressive tailgating
(driving very close to the vehicle in front of you), headlight flashing, obscene gestures,
deliberate obstruction of other vehicles, or verbal abuse. 1 per cent of drivers claim to
have been physically assaulted by other motorists.
But some people insist that road rage is nothing new: the Oldie magazine recently
printed an item of carriage rage from 1817: Last week I had a row on the road with a
fellow in a carriage who was impudent to my horse. I gave him a swinging box on the ear.
In the Bank of English, a large computerized collection (or corpus) of 1990s English
language texts containing 329 million words
(http://www.cobuild.collins.co.uk/boe_info.shtmll), road rage occurs 249 times. The corpus
also reveals how quickly the rage phenomenon is spreading to other aspects of our social
behaviour. In the 5859 corpus examples for rage, we find that car drivers also encounter
car rage, driver rage, car-park rage (or parking rage) and alarm rage (when their alarms
go off for no apparent reason in a quiet street, offending victims of noise rage). Other
forms of transport are not immune: air rage (which became particularly prominent in 1998
and 1999), rail rage (or on London Underground, Tube rage), bike rage, roller rage, and
even pram rage.
Every activity seems to generate rage: supermarket shoppers experience trolley rage or
checkout rage, pedestrians exhibit pavement rage, workers have to cope with work rage
(keyboard rage in offices, runway rage at airports), and phone users meet with phone rage
(also voicemail rage). No areas of our cities are spared: neighbour rage and neighbourhood
rage flourish, staff and customers find that bank rage (and perhaps broker-rage) occurs in
banks, bar rage in pubs (also pub rage). Doctors are unable to cure us, instead they have
to deal with hospital rage (or ward rage) in hospitals and steroid users affected by
"roid (steroid) rage". Indeed, mental health professionals are now diagnosing
Activities specifically aimed at calming us down are no longer effective: sports are
giving rise to golf rage, pool rage (swimmers), and piste rage (skiers). Gentle gardeners
are succumbing to hose rage (joined by other water consumers in water rage). Even yoga
teachers report meditation rage in their students. Animals, too, are not immune: dogs
suffer from canine rage syndrome, and chickens from roost rage.
One could say: "rage is all the rage"! Or as Shakespeare put it in his
Sonnets (number 65): Since brass, nor stone, nor earth nor boundless sea, But said
mortality o'ersways their power, How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea, Whose action
is no stronger than a flower?
So what can we do about it? In a 1989 article in the Wall Street Journal about
"boot camps" for offenders, Bill Earls asks: But will real or feigned anger work
with people who think rage is the norm, and that punching, kicking or stabbing is an
accepted way to show displeasure?
To set the record straight, although rage seems to have made a sudden and forceful
impact in the 1990s, it is in fact anger which dominates the English language. John
Osborne, not Dylan Thomas, is the watchword: the Bank of English has 13,551 examples of
anger compared to the paltry 5,859 examples for rage reviewed above. But we tend not to
notice anger as much, because it occurs much more frequently in books than in newspapers.
Which raises the question: should literature or journalism be the touchstone of a
Road Rage in Japan
- Driver admits killing of window-tapping cyclist
- Police in Japan have arrested a delivery driver who they say has admitted to knocking
down and killing a cyclist because he kept tapping on his window.
- Makoto Tsujianai, a university professor in Tokyo, is believed to have been cycling to
work in heavy traffic when he was mown down.
- The suspect told police that each time he stopped his car, the academic rode by and
tapped on his window before cycling off again.
- He told officers that he eventually lost his temper with Mr Tsujianai and had no option
but to hurt him, reports the Mainichi Daily News.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) Police are looking for three men who allegedly smashed a car
window and threw a beer bottle inside, leaving glass embedded in the face and head of a
7-week-old boy who was in the back seat.
Authorities said they were searching for the men whom John Herrington II, 19, said
injured his infant son, John Herrington III, this weekend. Herrington said he tapped his
brakes when a white car began tailgating him and that when he slowed to a stop the car
pulled up to next to him. When Herrington angrily asked them whether they knew he had a
baby in the car, he said one of the men jumped out of the car and smashed a back window,
while another threw the 40-ounce bottle of beer through the window. He described the first
man as a black male, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He had sporadic facial hair and
partial sideburns with tightly braided hair.
Police and paramedics treated the boy for the cuts to his head and face, but that he
did not require stitches or hospitalization.
© 2000 Associated Press.
11-Dec-2000 * Page C1
When good drivers go bad
For bicyclists and pedestrians, hitting the road
can be a deadly experience
By Judy DeMocker
Special to the _Examiner_
On the night of Nov. 17, Christopher Robertson was riding his bicycle on 4th Street in the
South of Market area of San Francisco. He was riding with 15 friends in a funeral
procession for bike messener Joseph Woods, who was shot and killed in his Mission Street
apartment earlier in Novermber. According to the traditions of S.F. bicycle messenger
community, when a messenger dies, his fellows take the bike on a ceremonial ride to Mission
Rock and throw it in San Francisco Bay. That night, however, Chris Robertson never made it
to the water's edge.
According to eyewitness Ron Salkin, it all happened very quickly.
A tractor-trailer came up behind the procession. Enraged that the group was occupying the
lane, Salkin said, the driver began weaving from one side of the road to the other,
blowing his horn repeatedly. Then the driver pulled alongside the group, shouting at them.
He threw a wooden block at the cyclists, trying to hit them. He swerved into the group,
crushing Chris under the right front wheel of his rig, Salkin said. Robertson died.
``You didn't even have to turn around; you could feel that this guy was going off --
laying on his horn, gunning his engine,'' said Salkin, who works as a bicycle messenger at
the Black Dog Delivery Service. ``If he had been trying to get around us, I presume he
would have sped up. There was no oncoming traffic. He could easily have passed us.''
The truck driver was traveling to Casey's Office Moving and Services Inc., two blocks from
the scene of the accident. So far no charges have been filed against the truck driver, who
was released on $15,000 bail. The District Attorney's office is investigating the incident
and plans to announce the results of its findings in the next week or two, according to
Fred Gardner, public information officer for the D.A.'s office. Gardner declined to
comment on how the investigation was going, or what charges the DA's office is
The death of Robertson has sparked widespread concern in the city, from bicycle activists,
Department of Parkng and Traffic officials, and the mayor's office. And it's brought to
the fore public safety issues for bicyclists and pedestrians alike: mainly, that they're
tired of being on the losing end of the battle for San Francisco's streets. At a rally
last week at the Hall of Justice building, bicycle commuters, activists, and messengers
aired their complaints about careless drivers and an unsympathetic police force.
``I'm sick and tired of getting harassed by motorists, and feeling like I'm not allowed to
be on the streets. Drivers don't understand that bicyclists have the same rights as cars
to use the roads,'' said Ginger Williamson, a bicycle commuter who was also a friend of
Robertson's. ``I'm tired of having drivers cut in front of me, shake their fists at me,
honk at me, when I'm not doing anything wrong.''
Others voiced complaints of being harassed by police and threatened with citations, even
when they were following rules of safe riding set out in the California Drivers' Handbook.
According to that pamphlet, bicyclists may occupy the lane, they may move into the road to
avoid debris or to make a left-hand turn.
``I got pulled over by a police car that told me I was weaving from lane to lane. I
wasn't. Then they told me that 70 to 80 percent of the time, injury accidents are the
bicyclist's fault.'' said another speaker at Friday's rally. ``So basically they're
blaming bicyclists for what is happening to them on the streets.''
Playing the who's to blame game
Too often, activist groups claim, the police do not take bicycle injuries and fatalities
seriously. There is only one case on the books this year in which a driver was charged
with a crime, attempted murder. That case was a Nov. 4 incident in which a motorist forced
a cyclist into a parked car on Mission Street, seriously injuring her.
``We're aware of the problem,'' said Lt. Lawrence Minasian of the S.F. Police Department.
``It's especially bad in the South of Market area.''
Criminal charges are hard to bring against automobile drivers, however, because proving
intent is much more difficult than when a gun or knife is used as a deadly weapon.
``It's very hard to establish intent in these cases. One person's going to say, `he did it
on purpose,' and the other's going to say, `no I didn't,''' said Inspector Mike Mahoney of
the Hit and Run Division of the San Francisco Police Department. ``Unless you can somehow
show that some sort of altercation happened beforehand, or that there was a relationship
between the people involved, it's very difficult to prove intent. People don't usually get
in their cars and say, `I'm going to go run someone down today.'''
But some members of the police force have already made up their minds as to who was at
fault on the night of Nov. 17, weeks before the investigation was completed.
``Do you mean the case where the bicyclist swerved in front of the truck and got run
over?'' said Sgt. Bosch, also of the Hit and Run division. ``What about the road rage of
bicycle drivers? I can't tell you how many cases I've seen of pedestrians getting knocked
down by bicyclists, and the number of broken hips when they hit the ground. The problem is
there's no licensing of management of particularly bicycle messengers.''
According to the Hit and Run Division database, which tracks pedestrian fatalities and
criminal cases involving traffic accidents, there has been only one case reported this
year of a cyclist hitting a pedestrian.
This `Blame the Victim' attitude is often heard in the police department. According to one
officer at the Hall of Justice rally, it is bicyclists, not drivers, who cause accidents
on city streets. Bike messengers in particular don't have much credibility with police,
since they are often seen as riding aggressively and flaunting traffic rules. ``Bike
messengers, with the way they conduct themselves, not obeying traffic lights and pulling
out in front of people, are causing a lot of accidents,'' said Minasian. ``There's another
side to this story.''
It's true that cyclists, like pedestrians, sometimes cause the accident that injures them.
More often, though, it's the driver's mistake that leaves a bicyclist or pedestrian lying
on the pavement. According to statistics kept by the California Highway Patrol over the
last five years, automobile drivers were at fault an average of 55 percent of the time in
injury accidents involving a bicycle.
The police department's blame-the-biker attitude has bicycle activists seeing red. By
stigmatizing the community of bicycle messengers, police are overlooking the estimated
25,000 peole who ride their bicycles to work each year, and the even greater number of
cycling enthusiasts who ride on evenings and weekends for pleasure. The entire spectrum of
the city's bicyclists is getting shortchanged, according to one bicycle advocate.
``We have encountered that attitude, and it's more than an attitude. It's prejudice. And
it affects the quality of the police work,'' said Dave Snyder, executive director of the
S.F. Bicycle Coalition. ``Whenever they get into a situation where they didn't see what
happened, police officers assume the bicycle rider was at fault.''
Bicycle Coalition frustrated
Snyder said that police are not following their own procedures for deaing with traffic
collisions. The Bicycle Coalition has dozens of cases on file in which police refused to
file accident reports. Without those reports, injury accidents do not get entered in the
police database and cannot be investigated by the District Attorney's office.
``I'm frustrated with it, really frustrated, and I don't have much hope of it getting any
better,'' Snyder said. ``How can we work on making bicycling safer, if three out of four
times a motorist hits a bicyclist, it doesn't get entered into the public record?''
The good news is that bicycling in the city is safer now than ever before, according to
Snyder. Bicyclist fatalities are fairly rare: two last year, three the year before, and
one this year, according to the Medical Examiner's office. Pedestrian deaths are also
fairly stable, hovering around 30 per year. So far this year, 28 people have been struck
and killed in San Francisco streets, according to police data. the biggest spike in
pedestrian deaths occurred in 1997, when 41 pedestrians were killed in a 12-month period.
For bicycles, injuries are on the rise, however. Last year 431 bicyclists were injured in
accidents with cars.
``It's safer out there than it had been in previous years, though it's still probably
10 times more dangerous than it ought to be,'' said S.F. Bicycle Coalition's Snyder.
``Bikers are smarter, safer, and car drivers are more used to seeing them on the
Statistics can be misleading, however. No agency has measured the incidents of road rage
on San Francisco streets. The Police Department does not compile data on what percentage
of traffic collisions are intentional, or how often those cases are prosecuted and drivers
convicted. For instance, there was no record in the Hit and Run database of the 1998
beating of attorney Peter Rittling by an irate motorist while participating in
Bike-to-Work day. What is easily measured is the degree of hostility that cyclists
experience when they take to the roadways.
``I've noticed drivers getting less and less patient, and more and more aggressive,'' said
Eric Murphy, a legal assistant at a downtwon law firm who has ridden his bicycle on city
streets for nine years.
``I can't ride any distance at all anymore without seenig some kind of driver stupidity:
people blowing throuh stop signs, cutting in front of me in the lane, and being
inattentive, talking on cell phones.''
The reasons for driver hostility are not hard to find
Streets are more congested, and travel times are slower, especially in the South of Market
area. According to the Congestion Management report filed biannually by the County
Transportation Authority, travel speed dropped 40 percent on Mission Street near the
Embarcadero between 1997, and 1999, the same location where Rittling first encountered the
driver who spat on him, and later beat him in 1998.
Impatience and the holiday season, according to a researcher of the road rage phenomenon,
are two factors that can set off drivers.
``Most motorists drive around every day in an emotionally impaired state,'' said Dr. Leon
James, Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii and co-author of Road Rage and
Aggressive Driving: Steering Clear of Highway Warfare, in an e-mail interview. James also
publishes the Web site www.DrDriving.org. According to James, the holiday season increases
stress on drivers, much as congestion, construction, and gridlock traffic do. More stress
can raise the level of hostility and create additional opportunities for confrontations
Civility as a civic response
The city has done a good deal to raise awareness of pedestrian safety. It has installed
cameras to catch red-light runners. It has implemented traffic-calming measures in Duboce
Triangle and other neighborhoods to slow traffic down and make fat turns more difficult.
And it's established a Pedestrian Safety Task Force that facilitates communication between
government agencies and senior citizen, disabled, and environmental groups.
But even with educationa advertising campaigns, city officials say that the problem is not
going to go away.
``San Francisco is off the charts on pedestrian injury,'' said Michael Radetsky, health
educator at the Public Health Department and member of the Pedestrian Safety Task Force.
``What we're trying to do is get people to associate human frailty with what happens when
you race through the intersection.''
Bicycle activists are hoping for a similar level of commitment from government agencies
and City Hall to address issues of bicyclist safety. The mayor's office announced Dec. 1
its ``Share the Road'' public education campaign to help raise driver awareness of
bicyclist rights through signs and advertising. Under the program, the Department of
Parking and Traffic will spend $230,000 to raise public awareness of bicycle safety
issues. The mayor's office is not known for siding with bicyclists, however. In July 1997,
Mayor Brown supported the arrest of more than 250 cyclists during a Critical Mass
demonstration, calling for convictions that would lead to jail time for participants.
But for bicycle advocates, something is better than nothing, and they'll take what they
``Of course it's not enough,'' said cyclist Murphy, ``but it's a step in the right
Dangerous Drivers Face Ten Years In Jail
Dangerous drivers who persistently break the
law could find themselves behind bars for ten years, with a lifetime driving ban and their
The measures are part of a tough new package due to be announced by the Government this
Drivers found guilty of road rage will also face new penalties.
The moves, announced by Home Office minister Charles Clarke, will see more people
disqualified for speeding and drink driving, harsher sentences for drivers who kill people
in crashes, and a new punishment systemfor those who drive at more than 100mph.
The Government will encourage the courts to enforce the penalties more
thoroughly.Although drivers can be sentenced for up to 10 years imprisonment for causing
death by dangerous driving, at present the power is rarely if ever used.
According to The Observer, those who continue to drivewhile banned could be faced with
the "short, sharp shock" punishment of having their cars impounded. Research
suggests as many as 800,000 people are driving in Britain without a licence or insurance.
Other measures could include a "two-strikes" rule, banning drivers for up
to10 years if they are involved in a second drink-driving or serious speedingoffence.
Lifetime bans will be considered for drivers who break the law three times.
The existing 12 points system for banning drivers who break the law will also be
re-examined. A 20-point system is being considered so that courts can differentiate more
clearly between minor and serious offences.
Road Rage Victim Take On Terror Spin
A road rage victim was taken for a terror drive on
the bonnet of a car after intervening in an accident.
The man was only a witness to the minor collision and stepped forward as the motorist
got back into his car.
But he ended up clinging for his life after the man drove at him, sending him flying
onto the car bonnet. He was driven around a roundabout and for a further mile down the
road before being thrown off.
The man, who has not been named, is recovering in hospital with a broken pelvis.
The incident happened after a row broke out when it was discovered one of the vehicles
involved in the collision did not appear to be taxed.
The drivers of an articulated lorry and a blue VW Jetta were exchanging details when
the car driver got back inside his car and attempted to drive away.
A witness tried to remonstrate with him and it is alleged the driver drove at him.
The victim was carried on the bonnet of the car around Clockhouse Roundabout,in
Bedfont, south-west, London, on the border with Surrey.
Seattle celebrates 100 year 'autoversary'
by Eric Sorensen Seattle Times science
Especially today, 100 years to the day after he reportedly brought the first car into
the city of Seattle.
A quick list of what he hath wrought: sprawl, floating bridges that sometimes sink, a
Tacoma Narrows Bridge that galloped, Kenmore, the Mercer Mess, the Renton S-curves,
drunken drivers, stupid drivers, ferry lines, Lake City Way used-car lots, Aurora Avenue
motels, monster trucks in the Kingdome, Dick's hamburgers, HOV lanes, lone drivers in HOV
lanes, Tim Eyman.
On so many fronts, the automobile is a major player in our private and public lives.
Each year, we spend thousands of dollars on our vehicles and hundreds of hours in them,
often waiting. After about eight years, we start sending them to the scrapper.
Motor vehicles are maddening, prompting otherwise civil people to tick off, tell off,
cut off and finally flip off fellow drivers.
Cars and their ilk have cast a shadow over some of our most contentious debates, from
King County's numerous mass-transit votes since the '60s, to the recent effort to require
state and local governments to spend at least 90 percent of their transportation budgets
on road construction and maintenance.
A mobile culture built on cars
As much as we hate the hassles of Seattle-area driving, we love our cars.
They allow more than half a million people to drive to work in King County, going
exactly where they want and, for the most part, when they want, alone.
They bring in millions of dollars in tax revenue.
Our cars have become our castles. They carry our Big Gulps and travel mugs, boom tunes,
cart the kids, and telegraph as much about our personalities as suits and shoes.
'It's our freedom machine'
Yet the automobile is so much about individuality that Detroit marketers are starting
to think like shrinks.
Just last week, The New York Times reported that automakers' research shows
sport-utility buyers are less social, "self-oriented" people, while minivan
buyers are more self-confident and involved with family, friends and communities.
But more than anything, the car is credited with fusing some of America's most
distinctive traits. Different drivers describe those characteristics differently, but a
love of freedom threads throughout.
"It's our freedom machine," Peter Hageman, a vintage-auto collector from
Kirkland, said by cell phone from his wife's Ford Explorer. "It's our key to the
"The car started with the idea of freedom and independence, which is what this
country is about," said Leon James, University of Hawaii psychology professor and
owner, with his wife, of a 1991 Dodge Shadow and 1993 Honda Accord. "So the car
became like a second flag."
But in recent years, the ideal has taken a few beatings.
"The other side is the reality that is catching up - namely, congestion,"
said James, co-author of "Road Rage and Aggressive Driving."
"Congestion has created more of an emotional challenge than drivers are prepared
to cope with."
As a public issue, transportation in general and congestion in particular have risen to
the top of concerns among voters in city and county elections, said Stuart Elway, Seattle
pollster and owner of a 1994 Ford Ranger.
Each year, speeding-related crashes in the state add up to $600 million in medical
costs and property damage. By way of comparison, that's roughly the annual value of the
state's No. 1 crop, apples.
Jane Holtz Kay, author of "Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America
and How We Can Take It Back," points out another social cost now that entire
communities have been built around the automobile.
While we think of cars as freedom machines, she said, Americans use them for
recreational travel only 8 percent of the time and for commuting 22 percent of the time.
The rest of the time goes to "the romance of shop and drop," errands and carting
"The servant has become the master," said Kay, who lives in Boston and
doesn't own a car.
Boy, 9, latest to die
on South Africa's roads of rage
by Tina Susman Newsday
JOHANNESBURG - Random killings rarely make headlines in this country, hardened as it is
to violent crime, but the murder of 9-year-old Rethabile Tsunyane has ignited an uncommon
display of public anger and bewilderment.
It's not only the age of the victim that has enraged people but also the manner in
which he was killed: shot in the face by an impatient motorist while riding in a truck
with his parents after a Saturday shopping trip. The shooter thought the truck's driver
was going too slowly and, after yelling an obscenity from the window of his vehicle,
"He did not cry. There was no screaming. There was only blood, then his hand fell
from my shoulder, the bleeding stopped, and I knew my son was dead," Rethabile's
father, Vincent, said after the Oct. 30 incident. One week later, Rethabile was buried in
a coffin covered with flowers and a large white teddy bear as hundreds of mourners,
including friends from his second-grade class, looked on.
Road rage is nothing new in South Africa, where it is rare to drive more than a few
miles without witnessing a brazen display of tailgating or obscene gesturing and yelling
between motorists. Most incidents that do not involve killings are not reported, police
say, because the people involved usually speed off before witnesses or car license numbers
can be found. As the country struggles with growing crime, an undermanned police force and
general frustration over social and economic problems, there are concerns that violent
attacks will increase.
More than 9,000 people died last year in road accidents in South Africa, according to
government statistics - a fatality rate of 140 people per 100,000 vehicles, compared with
20 per 100,000 in the United States. Only Kenya, Morocco, and South Korea have worse
fatality rates, according to the National Trauma Research Program.
Rivalries between taxi companies vying for passengers and lucrative routes lead to
frequent shootouts at taxi stands and on highways.
In a society steeped in conflict, it's a given that the roads will be afflicted by the
same sort of violence hitting business and residential areas, say experts who have studied
the subject of road rage. "To summarize, it's a question of culture," said Dr.
Leon James, a psychologist at the University of Hawaii, who has studied driving habits
throughout the world. "It's a general attitude problem, and it has to do with what
our culture has been saying it is OK to express."
In South Africa, where carrying weapons is common and where, for decades, violence was
used to end disputes, that means more aggressive driving and a higher tendency toward road
SLOC official sentenced in road rage case
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A Salt Lake Olympic
official was sentenced Wednesday to 10 days in jail for assaulting a pedestrian.
Doug Arnot, the Salt Lake Organizing Committee's managing director of event operations,
faced up to six months in jail and $1,850 in fines for the misdemeanor assault charge.
Court documents state Arnot was driving through an intersection when he exchanged words
with Van Orden, who was in the crosswalk. Officials said Arnot made a U-turn to confront
According to the charges, Arnot pulled in front of Van Orden, grabbed him through the
driver's-side window and punched him in the face four times.
Arnot apologized to Van Orden and his family in court Wednesday, and said he understood
why he would have to spend time in jail.
Van Orden, who required several stitches to his forehead, has also filed a civil suit
against Arnot seeking unspecified compensation for medical costs and emotional distress.
He has been sentenced to 200 hours of community service and anger management classes in
addition to jail time.
ROAD RAGE IN INDIA
We have had air rage, office rage, road rage and train rage with
Mumbais commuters. But what were witnessing in reality is the surfacing of an
innate aggression once confined to the jungles when the fight or flight response meant the
difference between life and death. In the urban jungle, this wholly inappropriate response
can turn a pacifist into a homicidal maniac.
Some of the worst offenders are people who are normally docile in their homes.
When they get into the car, they become completely different people, says Colonel
Kochar of the Automobile Association of Upper India (AAUI). Even sophisticated socialites
are known to turn foul-mouthed when behind a wheel, raising a finger and letting forth a
stream of expletives to other drivers.
Class is an interesting trigger in this connection. Many Indians employ uneducated
drivers, who have little appreciation for traffic rules, let alone road courtesy. These
drivers who cannot read and write, can barely decipher signs and are a menace behind the
wheels of the new generation of fast city cars. They never give way to traffic on the
right, they ride on your boot, if you allow them to pass, they do so with rude honking
only to cut right into your lane and make you swear.
What is even worse is that lady drivers often find themselves the object of this
leering male gaze at traffic lights and in the traffic, where they are deliberately
Some years ago, the AAUI sent a proposal to refuse licenses to drivers who had less
than class eight education. While the reason was to promote public safety and ensure
obedience to rules, the resistance from politicians was stiff: it would have lost them a
vast constituency of truckers, auto drivers and commercial drivers!
Psychiatrists like Dr Leon James have a number of theories for road rage beginning with
the fact that the car is much more than a status symbol. His belief is that most drivers
regard it as a psychological extension of the self. When we are in traffic, we use these
ego-laden objects to control our environment.
Now, there are many things we cant control in life our boss, our spouse,
health, the weather - but hey, we can control our traffic movements. Thats as good a
reason as any to react strongly when we feel thwarted by bad manners and insults. If you
study the movements of drivers in traffic, what you will see is a naked power struggle
than makes Congressmen look like babies.
Other experts believe practicing defensive driving is a bad idea. It is an essentially
a negative approach, because as a survival technique, it enjoins us to make allowances for
traffic offenders and reckless bullies on the road. When we do so, we are easily liable to
be provoked, and a mellow, defensive driver can turn into an offensive abuser in the blink
of an eye.
Usually, it stems from the desire to be first and the inability to
acknowledge that others may have priority in a particular situation. As two drivers argue,
anger escalates with each round of justification, and sometimes a word is enough to result
in a gunshot, as happened in Delhi.
People have become desensitised to violence, says Delhi psychologist Dr
Sanjay Chugh. The more exposure we have to violence in our news, TV, movies and other
media, the more currency it gains as a means of self-expression. Coupled with this, is the
lack of impulse control. We can control our negative impulses in many trying situations
with colleagues and family members, but somehow we lose it when we get into our cars.
Psychologists now believe we may have assimilated this attitude from childhood.
Fighting road rage
Yes, it can try the patience of a saint. But if the alternative is to have a coronary,
a dangerous banging-slamming match or even assault a fellow traveller, then road rage is
something we need to beat out of our systems. One invaluable piece of advice is to adopt
an attitude of latitude. Let others hog the road, let them display their
contempt for good manners and safety rules but dont let it get to you. The minute
you do, youre in pretty much the same position as they are.
Other bits of practical advice:
*Leave in good time for appointments. One of the most common causes of stress is the
anxiety to beat the clock. It makes us drive with our foot on the accelerator and curse
every obstacle that forces us to remove it.
*Try not to drive during rush hour if possible. You can either take public transport,
employ a driver or share a car pool so you get relief on some days.
*If you see an aggressive driver dont decide he needs to be taught a lesson. And
heres the golden rule: Always back-down from an argument. Its not worth
ruining your day for a boor you are never going to see again. Become a Buddhist behind the
wheel, or better still, a Jain who is forsworn to protect all forms of life from violence.
Once you are in this philosophic frame of mind, you might even enjoy driving.
Road Rage Charges
Reported by John Klekamp Web produced by Affaf Arabbo
A Roseville man was charged Tuesday with two counts of assault for crashing into
several cars and yelling racial slurs at a black couple in a case of road rage.
The 29-year-old man appeared banged up and bruised when he came into court. The
Roseville man was also charged with malicious destruction and ethnic intimidation. He is
being held at a $2 million cash bond.
A Seven Eleven was only one stop in a path of destruction as the man allegedly chased
motorists and smashed their cars repeatedly while driving on a revoked license.
Judge Walter Jakubowski of the Warren District Court had much to say to the Roseville
"Since I have been sitting on this bench, this is one of the most disgusting cases
that has ever been before me," said Judge Jakubowski.
Investigators said the destructive path began on I-696 and ended several miles away
leaving a half dozen cars smashed in his wake.
"He was basically ramming people and rear ending people all the way down the
lane," said Detective Randall Ricotta of the Warren Police. "Actually everybody
who was on the road 10:30 on Saturday night was placed in danger by him."
Police said the man smashed repeatedly into the car of a young black couple and yelled
racial slurs at them as they fled.
"You are a danger to the community and a danger to the police officers in this and
the citizens who come through this community," said Judge Jakubowski.
At least four people had to go to the hospital as a result of the destructive spree.
All of those who were injured are expected to recover.
The Roseville man also faces several traffic charges. Police said he smelled of alcohol
and had several alcohol offenses on his record.
Chauffeur jailed for road rage assault
A CHAUFFEUR who punched a motorist in a road
rage incident at Dublin Airport was jailed for three months yesterday.
Patrick Hunter, Edgewood Lawns, Blanchardstown, Dublin was sentenced in his absence
after he failed to turn up to answer a charge of assaulting Niall Devine on February 7
Dublin District Court heard Hunter and Mr Devine narrowly avoided a collision as both
were negotiating the roundabout at the airport. When they drove up to the barrier at the
airport car park entrance, words were exchanged about learning how to use the proper lane.
Both then parked their cars but as Mr Devine was walking towards the terminal, Hunter was
"He waited for me to draw level with him and he stopped and hit me three
times," said Mr Devine, who suffered a cut above his eye and swelling to his face but
did not require medical treatment. When two airport workers asked what was going on,
Hunter said: "This man nearly wrote off a £40,000 car."
An airport policeman arrested Hunter.
In a statement, Hunter apologised and said he had family problems on the day.
Metro and State Road-rage sentence
outrages victim's father
By Adolfo Pesquera Express-News Staff Writer
The father of a road-rage murder victim criticized as too lenient the 20-year sentence
a Corpus Christi man received Monday.
Miguel Alejandro Guerra, 18, was found guilty late Friday of the Sept. 12, 1999,
shooting of Donald Morrison, a 20-year-old San Antonio College student.
"Until society starts giving meaningful sentences, our children are going to
continue to die," Douglas Morrison of Houston said.
Morrison's son was driving his 1995 Nissan Stanza at about 1 a.m. on a Sunday when
three other vehicles followed him into a Coastal Mart parking lot in the 12000 block of
One of five young men from the other vehicles got into an argument with Morrison just
outside his car. Morrison was with three friends, but one went into the store to buy beer.
The argument, according to witnesses, was over a traffic incident that occurred only
moments earlier. Morrison and his friends did not know the others.
When Morrison attempted to get back into his car, his assailant pulled out a handgun
and shot him in the head. He was in critical condition at University Hospital for two
weeks before he finally died.
Jurors considering punishment Monday before visiting District Judge Pat Priest heard
prosecutors describe Guerra's criminal past as short but busy. He had been arrested in
1997 on a charge of burglarizing a Corpus Christi elementary school. He also had arrests
for criminal trespass, evading an officer and possession of marijuana.
Guerra, who has been in jail the last 11 months, had asked for probation. The range of
punishment was five to 99 years.
Accused road rage attacker
claims victim's face 'hit his fist'
A lawyer accused of punching a motorist in a road-rage incident has claimed the other
man's face hit his fist.
The pair had confronted each other after a road accident in Singapore.
The lawyer claimed in court that the other driver suddenly swung his head round and
connected with his hand, which was holding a mobile phone.
Edmund Wong Sin Yee, 43, is charged with assaulting Mok Gok Keong and alarming Mr Mok's
wife by shouting at her.
Wong claims the "hit" was accidental. He said he thought Mr Mok, 32, was
going to leave the scene of the crash so he grabbed the print company director to stop
As he did so, Mr Mok swung his head round, The Straits Times reports.
The trial continues.
After minor accident, driver is fatally shot
James Payne was fleeing 2 men when one
Ann Davies, 36, (top) of Darby Township, comforts daughter Candyce Burton, 11, in their
living room as they watch a TV report on the death of Davies' father, James Payne
(bottom). (Peter Tobia/Inquirer) Related Links
By Barbara Boyer, Monica Rohr and Tom Infield INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
On most nights, James Payne could be found at the Queen of Sheba II Pub on Baltimore
Avenue, the bar on the first floor of his apartment building, where the lifelong auto
detailer who was very fastidious about his own car and whom friends described as a charmer
would stop every evening after work.
On Tuesday, however, he had gone out. He drove his beloved 1985, cream-colored Ford LTD
Crown Victoria - a car family members said he washed, or at least wiped down, every day -
and was gunned down moments after getting into a minor accident a few blocks from his
"There was minor damage, which makes this all the more senseless that somebody's
life would be taken," said Philadelphia Homicide Capt. James Brady. "It's just
Shortly before 10, the 65-year-old Payne, who family members said had been detailing
cars for 51 years, got into an accident at 45th Street and Springfield Avenue, according
to an account that witnesses gave police.
His Crown Vic struck the passenger side of another car, a dark-colored compact with two
men inside. Words were exchanged, and one of the men may have gotten out of the compact
car to look at the damage, witnesses told police. Payne quickly left, however, and the
other car followed, police said.
"Whether he left the scene because he was scared or because they flashed a gun is
unclear," Brady said.
In any case, the compact car caught up with the Ford several blocks away, on the 4500
block of Pine Street.
One of the men in the compact car then shot at Payne several times with a semiautomatic
gun, said police, who last night were searching for witnesses at the shooting scene. The
bullets went through the driver's-side door, striking Payne several timesin the chest and
Brady said the gunman shot at Payne through the window, either from his own car or from
outside the vehicle. Shell casings littered the ground.
The car, with the mortally wounded Payne inside, continued to roll and then struck a
tree at 46th and Pine, police said. The compact car drove off.
"It's a classic case of road rage," Brady said.
Based on the forensic evidence, Brady said, it appears that there was little damage to
both cars at the accident scene and that no one was injured. He said police would analyze
paint chips and other debris to determine the color, make and model of the vehicle that
the two men fled in.
Letters to the Editor
CAR WASH RAGE
Wage the War on Rage
Editor: We have evolved into a generation of hurried people with things to do, places
to go and people to see, while doing too much--in high gear--in too little time. The days
seem to be too short, and the lack of time seems to take away our patience and judgment.
Road rage seems to be on the rise. We witness it daily on highways, on city streets and
even in parking lots. Everyone is in a hurry, no one wants to wait anymore, especially for
The rage is evident even in carwashes. Waiting in the carwash line seems to be a big
challenge for some people. Many hard working employees have become targets for verbal
abusers who never seem to be satisfied with the service. Sometimes a clean shiny vehicle
just isn't enough anymore. In their hour of mounting rage, customers complain about
damages that were in most cases present before they entered the carwash. It seems that
some customers have a need to vent pent-up inner aggressions in the carwash line.
As the years go on the complaints seem to be increasing in number, not only at the
local carwash but in other establishments as well. Have you noticed some bizarre behavior
at the mall lately? In Michigan not too long ago a female customer was arrested for
physically attacking a sales person in a department store, and all due to service, or in
this case the customer's perception of poor service.
With this in mind just what is the average customer's perception of service today? How
can we as business persons prepare ourselves to provide acceptable standards of service in
the new millenium? People today are running, phoning, faxing and driving in the fast lane.
The profile of the average customer in the year 2000 shows a person in need of quick,
worry-free service from everyone! Customers crave that instant gratification whether in
restaurants, malls, department stores or even in carwashes. They want good, fast service
to their pace and their satisfactions.
The industry must understand these needs in order to provide dependable service with
healthy, positive attitudes. That's why we believe service should be the number one
priority for our customers.
Keep in mind the objective of this industry is to keep customers happy so they will
come back and use our services again and again. Thus it is up to us to understand the rage
that has been evolving in our society. Through understanding, patience, staff development
and mentorship with our employees, along with good service, we should be able to wage the
war against rage. Remember, the squeaky wheel doesn't always get the oil, especially when
rage is present.
Bernard "Bernie" Ephraim Cul-Mac Industries, Wayne,
Press Release SOURCE: Volvo Cars of North America
Are Men Better Than Apes When Road
A Conversation with Dr. Joyce Brothers
ROCKLEIGH, N.J., June 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Road rage is an increasingly dangerous
phenomenon. It's been estimated the number of incidents increases by 7% per year, yet
surprisingly there are virtually no statistics to prove its effect on vehicular accidents.
``Basically we're very frustrated with this issue. We can't engineer safety devices that
detect the onset of extreme mood changes and we can't take control of a vehicle. There
comes a point when drivers must take personal responsibility for their actions. In the
end, how we control our anger is the best offense/defense against this growing problem,''
states Christer Gustafsson, Senior Safety Engineer at Volvo's head office in Gothenburg,
Are we becoming more aggressive? Are there early signs of this behavior? Are the
trigger mechanisms different for men than women? Can road rage be controlled? Volvo asked
Dr. Joyce Brothers, an internationally recognized psychologist to answer those questions.
``Men and women have different road rage triggers. Men perceive the vehicle as a safe
zone, a metal protection shell that shields them from outside world. Much like an animal
protects its domain, violating a personal space sets off something that turns otherwise
normal, nice guy next door, person into a tiger. When this happens, men are at the same
mental level as an ape -- a being who protects his space, at all costs and without logical
thought as to the consequences.
``Women, on the other hand, have lists. They like order and structure. Off to food
shop, pick up dry cleaning, haul children from school to soccer to home. Their lists can
be long and over ambitious. When they start running out of time, their list deteriorates
and so does their ability to react logically to potentially dangerous driving situations.
``Road rage can be controlled. Not easily, but by recognizing what sets you off and
then considering behavioral alternatives, one can encounter a dangerous situation and
still remain in control.''
Men: A vehicle is a dangerous weapon. The law of physics is unforgiving -- speed and
mass can be lethal.
Women: Keep lists and appointments reasonable. If you can, prioritize your day's
schedule and factor in delays beyond your control.
Road Rage -- The Consequences And Cure
How should one handle rage? What are the consequences of letting it all hang out? What
do we teach our children about anger and if we have a terrible temper, do we need
professional help? If you'd like to compare your views with those of some experts, here's
1. Men and women tend to handle anger in different ways. True False
2. Children should be taught that anger and rage are no-nos and that these are not
acceptable feelings. True False
3. In order for people to change their patterns of expressing temper, they need to seek
professional help. True False
4. Parents can't, and don't, pass on their anger and aggressive behavior to their
children. True False
5. Expressing anger by yelling, or simply letting it all hang out, diminishes it and is
generally productive. True False
6. When a young child has a temper tantrum, give him what he/she wants and explain it
in detail later. True False
7. Anger never serves a useful purpose. True False
8. Humor is always the best release for anger and the best way to get back at the
person causing the rage. True False
Dr. Brothers answers: 1. True. Males are allowed much more freedom to express anger
than females. Females learn from an early age that it isn't lady-like to explode or
express anger directly. This causes many problems when these little girls mature into
2. False. Children should be taught that it's all right to feel angry and that this
needn't be a denial of love. Both emotions can exist together. What they do need to be
taught is how to control rage so that it isn't destructive to others, nor to themselves.
They need to find constructive, productive channels.
3. False. This isn't always necessary. We can change and learn new patterns or behavior
of our own if we're motivated. Often when we're angry, it helps merely to take time and
count to ten ... also try writing down feelings, before verbalizing them, record when you
feel angry and what precipitates it. Analyze the results and try quietly talking and
listening to others, rather than screaming.
4. False. They do. Children learn to be aggressive by imitating their role models, and,
unfortunately, aggressive children turn into aggressive adults unless this pattern is
broken. While there may be a link between hormones, environment, and some traits toward
aggression may be inherited, environment plays a strong role.
5. False. This is a dangerous myth. It doesn't diminish, it increases the rage not only
in the person who's angry, but also in everyone around him or her. This is
counterproductive, as rage is highly contagious.
6. False. Temper tantrums should never be rewarded. If possible, reassure the child
with hugs, if the youngster is old enough reassure through language, but explain that you
may have to remove him or her briefly in order to protect the needs of others.
7. False. It does serve a useful purpose. It may serve as a warning to others, that
they've gone too far and crossed certain boundaries. There are also many legitimate
reasons to be angry.
8. False. Humor can be a wonderful release for anger and tension, but it can also be
used as a mask and a sadistic means for a coward not to face the results of his or her own
emotions. It can be highly productive or counter-productive, depending upon the way it's
``If you answered six of these eight questions correctly, you're better informed than
most on this issue,'' states Dr. Brothers.
Summertime road rage Majority of incidents happen on hot, sunny days
By Jim Avila NBC NEWS July 3 As Americans scramble to get a head start on the
July 4th holiday, many will find rage growing on the American road. The numbers show
overly aggressive drivers on the rise, with sometimes deadly results.
ITS getaway day, and with more than 30 million drivers on hot summer
roads, its prime time for road rage. A 1999 AAA survey found that 68 percent of
aggressive driving incidents happen on hot, sunny days and 27 percent on Fridays, the
traditional getaway day. Road rage is like in the top five in regards to what the
citizen concerns are in the state, says Colorado State Patrol Sgt. Ron Woods. In
Denver, Colorado State Patrol units began a Metro Aggressive Driving Team this week.
Unmarked cars descend on rush hour hot spots in a road rage crackdown. We are
starting to see more road rage type incidents where there is really a lot of aggression to
the point that they are forcing people off the road and maybe brandishing a weapon,
At least 1,500 drivers are victims of road rage each year. In Sacramento, Calif. in
May, there was an incident where two men in their 50s exchanged hand gestures and
swear words, ending in death. Donald Bell was charged with shooting another driver to
death. Its the last thing in the world that I ever wanted to happen, said Bell
at the time. Distraught over his own road rage, Bell returned to the scene of the accident
two weeks later and shot himself to death. Its just not worth it, says Sgt.
James Lewis of the Sacramento County Sheriffs Department. The reality is, say
what you have to say under your breath and let it go. Advertisement
Who are the most aggressive drivers? Experts say younger drivers in any car. Men are
more aggressive than women when behind the wheel of sports cars or pick-ups. Women more
aggressive than men when driving SUVs and luxury cars. Dr. Leon James, studies road
rage at the University of Hawaii and says no driver is immune. We discovered for the
first time in human history, that every driver behind the wheel has murderous
thoughts, says Dr. James. Its so widespread that the state of Georgia passed a
new aggressive driving law that takes effect this week weaving, cutting off or
tailgating with the intent to annoy, harass, or intimidate can result in a 12-month jail
sentence, $5,000 fine, and six points on the drivers record. One tip to avoid anger
behind the wheel comes from author Dr. Diane Nahl to amuse yourself Make
funny noises, says Nahl. Once you start doing that, its incompatible
with hostility. Its one suggestion for calming aggression on one of the
nations busiest travel holidays and a hot getaway summer day.
original story here (with video)
Road rage may have led to two Purdue homicides
By Joe Gerrety, Journal and Courier
Road rage could be the motive for the murders of two South Korean students at Purdue
University last week, according to court documents filed today.
Zhan Yin, 27, the Chinese national and Purdue doctoral student in biology who has
confessed the Aug. 2 murders, told police he had committed the first murder before he even
knew his victim was the sister of a fellow student.
Yeunkyung Woo, 31, also a Purdue doctoral student in biology, and her sister, Hyo Kyung
Woo, 29, her sister visiting from Chicago, were found dead in Yeunkyung Woo's Purdue
Village apartment Aug. 2. Their bodies were found in pools of blood with their heads and
torsos covered with blankets.
During an extradition flight back from New York last week, according to court
documents, Yin told Purdue Police Chief Linda Stump that he had been riding his bicycle on
Arnold Drive in Purdue Village when he was nearly hit by a car.
He became angry and followed the car. Its driver, Hyo Kyung Woo, parked and entered the
apartment at 151-9 Arnold Drive. Yin told Stump he entered the apartment behind Woo and
struck her in the head from behind with a hammer he had been carrying in his backpack.
After he had struck her several times, he took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed her
in the throat. After moving Woo's body to the bedroom, he began cleaning up the apartment.
Thousand-Year Sentence in
Oklahoma Road Rage Case
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma jury sentenced a man to 1,050 years in prison for
a ``road rage'' incident in which he dragged a woman trapped beneath his car for more than
700 feet, court officials said on Friday.
Keith LaJuan Jones, 44, was sentenced to 750 years for intentionally injuring Vivian
Williams, who survived the ordeal.
``She is so horribly injured. It was some of the hardest evidence I've ever seen,''
said Oklahoma District Judge Twyla Mason Gray, who presided over Jones' trial and
Court officials said the chain of events that led to Jones' conviction began when he
was involved in a non-injury accident during a visit to a convenience store in January
After leaving the store, court officials said, he deliberately rammed another car, then
drove to a bank parking lot and intentionally struck Williams, wedging her under his car.
Officials said Jones dragged her alive and screaming, ignoring bank employees who
yelled and pointed at the woman trapped beneath the car as he drove off.
Williams eventually became dislodged from the car's wheels. She has undergone 14
surgeries and is expected to have more.
Calling all cars--via text messages!
By Nicole Bellamy, ZDNet Australia
An answer to road rage? A new Australian service lets drivers send e-mail and SMS text
messages any car owner they come across, using license plate numbers as identification.
DriverSMS, a division of Australian-owned WAM Communications Group, has released a
service that allows vehicle-owners to contact one another via their mobile phones.
The service uses registration numbers as a unique means of identification, and enables
its customers to receive and send e-mail and real-time SMS messages to any registered
vehicle-owner in Australia.
Drivers simply register at the Driver SMS Web site, listing their license plate number
and mobile phone number. Once registered, they are then able to contact any registered
vehicle-owner in Australia.
The service is accessible across all Australian carriers, and is built on a robust,
scaleable system that increases the feasibility--and ease--of rollouts in other countries.
Restaurant-chain McDonald's is one organization that has been approached. Driver SMS
has stated that it is in discussion with McDonald's over a potential sponsorship agreement
that could see its marketing messages included in text messages sent using the DriverSMS
According to Ayling, the sponsorship will be a "good fit", as it would
complement the SMS marketing campaign McDonald's has embarked upon recently.
Sponsorship dollars are also the sole external-revenue source of DriverSMS, given
that--for the moment, at least-it is offered as a free service. According to the Driver
SMS Web site, this price structure may change within the next year, and a paid
subscription element may be introduced.
DriverSMS would appear to be a prime target for legal focus, given the recent
introduction of Australian laws that prohibit speaking on mobile phones while driving.
Ayling suggests this is not the case, as DriverSMS customers are not actively encouraged
to use the service while driving.
"Drivers can wait until they pull in somewhere, leave the car, or ask a passenger
to send the message. We are certainly not encouraging people to (text-and-drive)."
He also refuted claims that this service will increase the number of road rage
incidents, claiming that it may, in fact, lessen the number physical confrontations that
have come to be associated with such incidents.
"The problem with road rage is that people get out of the car and cause a violent
scene. Using the DriverSMS service means people can remain in their cars, (which) lessens
the opportunity for physical (violence)."
|Drivers Warned of Road
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A black and orange
sign saying ``Beware of Aggressive Drivers'' marks hostile roadway turf, while others read
``Don't Tailgate'' and ``Slow Down - Save a Life.''
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation began posting the messages in a northern
Philadelphia suburb last week near Interstate 476 hoping to calm problem stretches of
highway. More signs were to be planted Friday on other state routes.
``We can't reduce accidents unless we address driver behavior,'' said DOT spokesman Ron
Young. ``There is no room to build new roads, so we have to make the best of what we
The program may eventually include local roads where more than 250 crashes in the last
five years had been blamed on aggressive driving tactics such as tailgating, improper
lane-changing or speeding, the department said.
Leon James, author of ``Road
Rage and Aggressive Driving: Steering Clear of Highway Warfare,'' said New Jersey had
recently posted temporary road signs urging people to ``Drive Friendly,'' and a St. Louis
bridge repair bore signs warning drivers: ``Expect to Be Frustrated.''
``This is the first time I have heard of permanent signs anywhere,'' James said.
Motorists acknowledged the driving problems but were skeptical about the signs.
``People drive like it is the Indy 500. I get clammy hands, and then I start to
sweat,'' said Jennifer Middleman, 34. ``Those signs won't make any difference on this
``People have no respect for the other driver,'' said Chris Fetters, 39. ``They are in
a hurry. They just want you to get out of their way.''
Copyright 2000 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be
published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Women 'driven to road rage by their fathers'
David Adam, science correspondent
Friday August 15, 2003
Women drivers who lean on the horn and yell obscenities at fellow
motorists have their fathers to blame, an analysis of driving habits
suggests. Finnish scientists have found that daughters are more likely
than sons to inherit their fathers' road-rage behaviour.
The findings support anecdotal evidence that teenage girls can
develop a more aggressive style if their fathers teach them to drive.
Professor Heikki Summala of the traffic research unit at the
University of Helsinki questioned 174 young people in Brazil about their
motoring habits, with one or both of their parents.
When it came to horn honking and hostility to other drivers, the
researchers were surprised to find that the father-daughter combination
appeared far more often than any other.
The research, which will appear in the journal Accident Analysis and
Prevention, is part of a wider attempt to understand how children
inherit their parents' good and bad driving habits.
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