TAMPA (FOX 13) - Nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression, or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year, according to a survey released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
The most alarming findings suggest about 8 million drivers engaged in extreme examples of road rage, including purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver.
"Inconsiderate driving, bad traffic, and the daily stresses of life can transform a minor frustrations into dangerous road rage," stated Jurek Grabowski, director of research for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in a news release. "Far too many drivers are losing themselves in the heat of the moment and lashing out in ways they could turn deadly."
We have seen our share of road rage here in the Bay Area. Earlier this year, a group of bikers along the Courtney Campbell Causeway got into an argument with a couple in a BMW. The motorcyclist and driver stopped the car and got into a fight. That's when a woman in the car pulled out a gun. No one was seriously hurt.
The second case was along the Howard Frankland. A group of motorcycle riders say they were cut off by a driver in an SUV. At some point there was a series of exchanges and it ended with a motorcyclist shot in the ankle.
In the third case, investigators say Robert Vance drove his vehicle right over two people on a motorcycle.
According to this new study, nearly two out of three drivers believe aggressive driving is a bigger problem today than it was three years ago.