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Road Rage Capitals

Road Rage Capitals

The word “ rage” invokes images of raging New York cab drivers or over-stressed Los Angeles commuters. But road rage isn’t just about yelling at someone behind the wheel, it can also involve physically attacking another driver or pedestrian. It is a serious problem that has resulted in many deadly accidents and even murders, with victims often left completely unwitting by their attacker.

The biggest contributor to road rage is distracted driving, which includes talking on the phone or texting while driving. But there are other factors that contribute as well. These include culturally learned aggressive and risk-taking driving habits reinforced by movies and video games, environmental conditions such as traffic density, unexpected slowdowns at construction areas and cumulative number of miles driven. Verbal road rage and a habitual hostile style of driving set up the psychological condition for explosive behavior, including violence.

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One of the most serious examples of this is when a driver exits their vehicle and assaults or threatens another driver, passenger, bicyclist or pedestrian. Unfortunately, this is all too common.

But not all cities and states have the same problem. For example, Houston topped the list of America’s road rage capitals, displacing New York City. And Atlanta, which was in fourth place last year, moved up to second place this year.

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