A recent viral video of a woman with serious road rage in Hawaii shines a light on the fact that many drivers in Hawaii are out of control. The video shows the woman honking, cursing, driving erratically, then getting out of her car and provoking a confrontation with another driver who had cut in front of her. The woman later turned herself into police and was arrested for alleged unlawful entry of a motor vehicle. The other driver who took the video said the woman reached into his car and tried to slap the phone out of his hand during the altercation.
There are increasing numbers of vehicle accidents with serious or fatal injuries attributed to road rage or aggressive driving in Hawaii.
Road rage in Hawaii represents a growing threat to drivers in Honolulu, Kailua, Waipahu, and other densely populated areas on our islands. The ongoing highway and street improvement projects, lane closures and work zones have added to traffic congestion problems to the point where many drivers lose control and act on their frustrations.
As our population grows, some fear that the “Aloha Spirit” could be lost forever. Aggressive driving is just one example of how population growth can impact our unique culture. At one time stories about road rage came from urban centers like Los Angeles, but Hawaii is no longer exempt.
Statistics presented by the American Safety Council reveal that aggressive driving or road rage is responsible for 66% of all traffic fatalities nationwide. Speeding is one of the most dangerous elements in aggressive driving conduct.
If you are confronted by an aggressive driver, whether you are guilty of a driving error or not, don’t make eye contact or retaliate in words or actions. Young male drivers are most likely to exhibit road rage, though as the video shows, any driver can become enraged.
Once an aggressive driver has reached the “tipping point,” there is the potential for an extremely dangerous situation for you and your passengers.
Thirty-seven percent of road rage incidents involve a firearm, so don’t engage or confront an enraged driver. The driver may have a firearm. Drop back and do all you can to protect yourself.
Be proactive and avoid being a target as much as possible by ensuring you are not creating a problem by distracted driving, operating your vehicle too slowly in a moving lane of traffic or other types of behavior that could lead to a dangerous incident of road rage.
Be considerate and follow traffic laws to help reduce the possibility of being targeted by one of these dangerous drivers.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has outlined the behaviors are associated with road rage or aggressive driving:
An odd psychological fact is that when a driver gets behind the wheel, there can be a significant shift in personality and behavior. A driver who is ordinarily friendly and considerate when dealing with people directly can become aggressive, confrontational and belligerent when inside a vehicle. High-anger drivers tend to have retaliatory thoughts, take more risks, get angry faster, and have more accidents. There are many tragic accidents on our streets and highways that are the direct result of road rage.
Incidents of road rage could often be related to some problem the driver is trying to solve:
If you or a loved one has been injured by the actions of an aggressive driver, contact Leavitt Yamane & Soldner, a Honolulu personal injury law firm. The firm is experienced in car accident claims and lawsuits. Drivers who have exhibited road rage and caused an accident must be held accountable for their actions.