The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reports a 500% increase in the number of road rage fatalities from 2006 to 2015. Utah is no different, and every year people senselessly lose their lives over it.
Attorney Craig Swapp stopped by to fill us in on how anger and annoyance can become deadly.
Swapp says the first stage of road rage is annoyance. That’s when a driver is cut-off or a driver will make a rude gesture, or even someone will do a “brake check”. These are things the vast majority of us are probably guilty of at one point or another.
The second stage includes vehicle aggression, like honking, flashing lights, braking maliciously, or tail-gaiting.
So far this is all ‘road rage.’ But the moment a driver starts using their car aggressively, they could be cited or even arrested for aggressive driving.