Road rage. Have you heard of it. Perhaps you have been involved in an incident on the road. Authorities say they have seen a slight increase over the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It happened to Yakima. In fact, one of the most dramatic incidents happened in Yakima 6 years ago when an older man chased and confronted a young driver from Yakima. Check the attached video. It shows how some drivers lose control and attack others.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, road rage is:
“An assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the driver or passenger (s) of a motor vehicle on the driver or passenger (s) of another motor vehicle caused by an incident on a roadway. “
MANY INCIDENTS ARE NEVER REPORTED
Police know that the majority of road rage incidents are never reported to the police. Yakima Police Captain Jay Seely says they have been conducting accent patrols all summer in hopes of slowing drivers down. He says many drivers follow others to close and it can cause road rage. He says many drivers get distracted while driving and that can trigger other drivers as well. Accent patrols continue throughout the city and are now underway rather than any specific time of the year. Authorities say a lot of different things can lead to road rage, including stress, traffic, tight schedules and frustration with other drivers. All of this leads to misconduct such as tailgating, belligerent movements and acts of violence, including assaults and murder.
AS MANY INCIDENTS NEVER REPORTED, POLICE ARRESTED A MAN IN APRIL
Although many minor incidents of road rage go unreported, there are more serious clashes between drivers as an incident that occurred in
April this year in Yakima.
Police arrested a man on April 5 after a road rage incident on Highway 12. Washington state patrol officers said a man said he was shot while driving north on 16th avenue north. The man says an SUV cut him off, then the driver pulled out a gun and fired.
The soldiers were able to identify the suspicious vehicle using nearby security cameras and a partial license plate number of the victim driver.
The driver was arrested days later and now faces charges.
THERE ARE WAYS TO AVOID ROAD RABIES
Police say the best way to avoid road rage is to be polite, slow down, stay away from aggressive drivers, not make rude gestures or yell at other drivers and call the driver. 9-1-1 if you are under attack.