On Wednesday January 23rd, we blogged about two drivers engaging in aggressive driving that turned into road rage, and subsequently shots were fired. We’re still looking into that case and are following up on any leads in hopes of making an arrest in the future.
In less than a week’s time the streets of Overland Park have seen three different incidences where road rage has escalated to the point where a weapon was displayed. In one case a weapon was fired at another driver. These acts not only place the lives of involved at risk, but most certainly place innocent bystanders in the cross-fire.
In a survey conducted by the AAA Foundation, nearly 9 in 10 respondents said they believed aggressive drivers were a “somewhat” or “very serious” threat to their personal safety. This same survey found that a substantial number of drivers admitted to engaging in potentially aggressive behaviors, such as traveling more than 15 mph above the speed limit, or running a red light. In fact, the Foundation study found that potentially aggressive actions –such as tailgating, erratic lane changing, or illegal passing – are a factor in up to 56% of fatal crashes.
Check out this link from the AAA Foundation for detailed information on things you can do to avoid becoming involved in a road rage incident.