Road Rage

@Sawsen (795)
United States
February 17, 2007 10:32am CST
Have you ever felt road rage while driving? And has it ever gotten out of hand that you could've hurt someone? or has someone almost hurt you? I was reading the news this morning, and I was saddened by what I read. Here's the article: A man whose road rage scared another driver into a crash that killed a teenager was sentenced to 25 years in prison. A jury decided that Bruce Eric Payton, 49, was responsible for the crash that happened, witnesses said, after he chased and fired gunshots at a truck that cut him off on a highway on May 27, 2005. When the truck ran through a red light, it crashed into a vehicle carrying Elizabeth Naomi Toribio, 14, who died. Her brother, sister and a family friend were critically hurt. Payton was convicted and sentenced Thursday on charges of manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and aggravated assault with a firearm. The driver of the truck was not charged. Here's the rest of the story for those that want to read the rest: http://www.courttv.com/news/2007/0216/road_rage_ap.html Do you think that the man got what he deserved? Or was it too much? Or too little? How do you deal with road rage?
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@mzbubblie (3840)
• United States
17 Feb 07
I will admit to a degree I do have some aggressive driving in me. For example 2 lanes and they are slow drivers on both lanes, neither is trying to pass, neither is trying to speed up to let the other 25 vehicles behind them past. The people who know they shouldn't be on the roads when it rains and drives in both lanes... I will cuss or try to make them aware that in fact there are people behind trying to pass.. A co-worker at my job lost her husband about 4 months ago due to road rage. The other driver ran over her husband as he got out of the car to tell the man to back off... Believe it or not, the driver who ran over her husband got to walk away from the charges...Sad huh...
@Sawsen (795)
• United States
17 Feb 07
Wow, that is sad. I can't believe how insensitive and careless people can be. All for something that doesn't add up to anything.
@rovelle (178)
• Singapore
19 Feb 07
I do feel a sense of fury when i see absurd behavourior on the road but my common sense will get the better of me and controls my anger.
• United States
18 Feb 07
There is road rage in us all. Its doesnt mean just because we are late for work, or have a heavy foot that we cant be careful and think of the other drives. Now days we dont think of that. What about all the hassels at stores during the holidays. Just because a new item is on sale doesnt mean we have to hurt our fellow americans just to get it. Its same as road rage. Lets all be careful and think of others, Just because there is an elderly person on the road driving, andthey are going slow doesnt mean we have to be faster than them. If you were in an accident, and it was your fault because of road rage, and you hurt someone or killed them how would you feel.
18 Feb 07
I'm learning to drive, and there are plenty of people around me who have shown road rage. People often intimidate learner drivers, and it isn't nice.
• United States
18 Feb 07
I use to live in a little town that is over populated with people that don't know how to drive in a little town people think we are in LA or somthing Road Rage is defently a factor when driving in Hemet, Ca
• Pakistan
18 Feb 07
hmmm leme think :P
@khalablue (309)
• Canada
18 Feb 07
If this man lived in Canada, he would probably get a 2 year suspended sentence and be required to take an anger management course. See this article: http://www.vancourier.com/issues03/064203/news/064203nn2.html Note the man involved was a former officer of the law. Personally, I think that people should be required to submit to psychiatric assessment evaluations before being issued a driver's licence, because some people just simply are not able to control their anger regardless of who is endangered.
• India
18 Feb 07
I luv playing Road Rash on computers... coz I can't ride over the people who come in my way while I drive on roads... I do get road raged whenever people violate the traffic rules and go on homping and tooting their horns to the frustration of others.... Driving on our roads means driving in the midst of a group of monkeys or dinosaurs...
@srb781 (3)
• United States
18 Feb 07
im thinking now that Mr. Payton is a very sick man....he should be taken out and shot by a firing squad......i cannot understand why he needs to take out his hostility in such a violent manner. if someone did that to me, ie, cut me off, i would just report to the police, not do what he did.....
@crickethear (1420)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Road rage hasn't gotten out of control. I remember having it happen to me several times. Once this guy pulled out right in front of me, and i honked my horn. He turned off, and then started following me all over. I pulled into a business and he came up and parked and got out of his car and started to approach me. At this time I was on the phone with the police, and I said don't even think of it, I am on the phone with 911. He stood there and wouldn't leave. Luckily a guy came out, and he got back in his car and left. I took his license plate down so when the police came I gave it to them. They were really mad over it and said to me, for a man to approach a woman, he isn't stable, believe me, we will go after him. I have witnessed it also as an observer. Unfortunately anger is a big problem today, and people feel safe behind all that metal, but in actuality, they aren't that safe.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I get really annoyed and I confess, I do scream and shout (within the confines of my own vehicle) and when I get a chance to pass the person, I will usually honk the horn a few times. But I would NEVER shoot at someone or run them off the road! OMG. That is horrible! I get particularly angry when there is a car in each lane of an interstate or highway going 25 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone. When I finally get around the person driving that way in the left lane (which by the way IS againest the law) I will usually honk at them.
@tater03 (1765)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I think he got exactly what he deserved. Yes, sometimes I get mad at other drivers but that in no way makes it right to do something like what this man did. I usally just cuss to myself and go on with my day. Stuff like this is just plain ridiculous.
• United States
18 Feb 07
I can't say because it says he was charged and convicted butit does not say what he got for a sentance. I hope it was a long jail time.
• United States
18 Feb 07
Want to hear an extreme version of road rage? I mean me and my sister we get them ALL the time! On December 19th we were on the way home from Legoland. We both had worked, but the next day was my birthday. Happy birthday to me! We were getting off the freeway to turn right, we were a little confused still not knowing the area too well. We paused at the red light and Mel saw NO cars coming. She pulls out and realizes when she did she cuts some car off (dont ask me where they came from!). Next thing you know it, the car honks at us way down the street and pulls next to us. The lady almost stops and is yelling at us and we dont roll down the window. It was an ACCIDENT and we dont want to get in a yell fight with her! She eventually pulls back and we think she is gone. We drive up a road, normal speed well slower cause its crowded and the lane turns into a one lane eventually. We pull into the parking lot of Wal*mart 15 mint later. 2 police cars come and shine their lights on us to pull over. We do in front of of the store. They pull us over to tell us that the lady had said we had been bad drivers. We had cut her off, causing her to swerve into the next lane (NOT! She didnt swerve or brake!), she had to honk her horn, and spilled her food all over her car and she had two little kids in the car. The lady claims we didnt stop at the red light either and we were speeding the whole way to Wal*mart. We get ALL upset yes we did stop, no we werent speeding, etc. The police man is like "okay we werent there. She just wants you to drive safer" the chicken was there in the parking lot. Okay the kids were probably distracting, why was food involved? And if she was SPEEDING before she got to us (which would explain why we never saw her) it was hert fault. Coming that fast she should have seen us pulling out! The police man freaked us out SO badly and the other one shinning the light on me the passanger wasnt helpful either. No ticket just a warning. That was the WORST case of roadrage ever I have been through!
• United States
17 Feb 07
I have been blessed to not get this angry. I have been in cars with others who totally freek out. I always say let them rush to the red light. I have almost been killed by other peoples rage. But I also think this could be a problem with the brain. People really get out of hand with this. I hate to read of others losing their lives.
@soccermom (3200)
• United States
17 Feb 07
My hubby, kids and I were on our way to my moms once and got ran off the road by some maniac. He passed us, gave us the finger (who knows why) and cut us off so my hubby had to slam on the brakes, lost control of the car and hit an embankment. The force was so hard it broke the seatbelt that was holding my daughters carseat and she went flying, seat and all. Thank god there was no serious injuries, but being on a country road it took awhile before anyone stopped to help. I had the guys license plates and the cops went to find him, he denied it of course and since there were no witnesses nothing happened. I think the story you're talking about is sick. That man should've gotten life, and I don't blame the driver of the truck. It's sad an innocent bystander got hurt.
• United States
17 Feb 07
yeh
@gabs8513 (48710)
• United Kingdom
17 Feb 07
I can't say I get Roadrage I get anoyed with People at times how they drive and what they do but it would never ever turn to Roadrage. I just do not understand why People have to turn like that I really don't.
• United States
17 Feb 07
I do not believe that people should have road rage, it is a terrible thing. I have always believed that cars are weapons, and I wish that some people would not be allowed to drive. There are so many though, that are undeserving. I see them on the roadways, acting angry and aggressive, making everyone afraid of being around them. I have had a similar problem with my hubby, coming home from the airport. There was a truck driver trying to pass us, and he was not even near passing us, but closing in, very quickly. My husband did not notice, he was very carefree and lost in his thoughts. I told him to pass the truck, because he is close. The truck speeded up, but because of all the freight, could not pass us, when we finally passed, he did some wierd signals with his hand, which thankfully I did not recognize. I am glad that we had a different exit, becuase if we didn't I am sure he would have probably tried to run us off the interstate.
• Philippines
17 Feb 07
For people like the Payton who is involved here, he deserves never to have been born. I don't understand why some people can be so arrogant, forgetting that they are just human beings, too. It seems to me like they have this feeling of being so gigantic, powerful and so rich no one must ever earn their ire. They cannot afford to give allowances for the errors of others because the right to commit mistakes belongs to their kind alone. It would have been happier if the teenager victim here was her daughter.