Road rage

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Road Rage

I pull up to the stop sign, I look right then left. There is a car in the distance but there is plenty of time to pull out into the road. As I pull out, I notice the car that seemed to be far away has sped up and is now right on my bumper. I slam on my brakes to piss off the driver behind me. I can tell this infuriated him. The driver holds up his middle finger, muttering something that I cannot understand. The driver then whips in front of me, almost running me off the road. As we approach another stop sign, the driver gets out of his car and walks over to mine. I get out of my vehicle and we begin to yell. The next thing I know, we are in an all out fistfight! The scene described above is an example of road rage.

Road rage can be explained by what occurs when drivers get mad to the point of cussing, fighting, or even killing each other. Road rage is extremely dangerous and is a progressing problem in America today. To stop road rage people must have more respect for others and police must start giving hefty penalties to those who show signs of road rage. Road rage has accounted for two-thirds of all highway traffic deaths. (1) " Motorists are being shot, stabbed and run over for totally inane reasons like, 'She wouldn't let me pass' or, 'Nobody gives me the finger'." (2) Almost every driver has been mad on the road, whether it is just a mild complaint like, "Hey, that car cut me off," or an actual fight. Why? That is the question that everyone wants to know. The answer is built up anger, depression and...