Everyone has felt the frustration of slow traffic or even momentary anger at a driver who has cut us off. However, for some people, that anger lasts for more than a moment and can lead to some disastrous driving behaviors. The term that people use to describe this situation is road rage.
According to a survey, in 2019, 82% of drivers in the U.S. admitted to driving aggressively or having experienced road rage in the last year. The majority of drivers show their anger by honking a horn, yelling or cursing at another driver, and making obscene gestures. Only a small percentage led to a physical confrontation with other drivers.
11 Alive reports that one person was shot and wounded in a road rage incident on the Downtown Connector.
The incident occurred early in the morning on July 4th shortly before 4:30 a.m.
According to Atlanta Police, there was a side-swipe accident between two vehicles on the southbound side of the interstate.
The driver of one of the vehicles became overcome by anger, pulled out a firearm, and shot at the other driver.
The victim suffered from a graze wound to the head. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Fortunately, he is expected to recover from his injuries and was able to provide law enforcement with some clues about his assailant.
The victim was able to provide investigators with a good description of the suspect’s vehicle. The investigation is still ongoing.
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