CHICAGO, IL- Abc7chicago.com writes that an apparent road rage incident ended in a man being shot and suffering serious injuries. The shooting took place at around 1:54 in the morning. Reports indicate that two vehicles were involved in a minor collision. The vehicles pulled off the road, andafter an apparent confrontation, a man who had been driving a Dodge Charger shot a man who was a passenger in the other vehicle. The victim, a 41-year-old man, had been a passenger in the other vehicle.
The victim was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center. His condition was described as serious. The incident is still under investigation.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), road rage occurs when a driver “commits moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons or property; an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by the operator or passenger of one motor vehicle on the operator or passenger of another motor vehicle.” The original use of the term was in Los Angeles after there were several trafficconfrontation-related shootings in the city.
According to the NHTSA, there is a notable difference between road rage and aggressive driving. While aggressive driving is considered a traffic offense, road rage isa criminal activity.
Aggressive driving behavior is not uncommon. Driving above the speed limit to catch a traffic light, tailgating drivers you believe are slow, frequent horn honking and obscene gestures at other drivers all happen frequently. Driving aggressivelycan lead to instances of road rage. Aggressive driving is a factor in about 66 percent of fatal crashes. Road rage is reported to have led to 218 deaths in the United States over a seven-year time span.
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