Monday, 24 December 2018

Essay on Road Rage : How can we avoid it?

Essay on Road Rage : How can we avoid it?

“When involved in a road rage incident, take a deep breath and ask yourself if the actions are worth your life.”
-Grant Boles
Road rage is aggressive or angry behavior exhibited by a driver of a road vehicle, which includes I rude gestures, verbal insults, physical threats or dangerous driving methods like speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out, honking vehicle's horn, etc. targeted toward another driver in an effort to intimidate or release frustration. Road rage can lead to altercations, assaults and collisions that result in serious physical injuries or even death. It can be referred to as an extreme case of aggressive driving.

Road Rage
In India, the Road rage, is also due to people not following traffic rules, they will break the traffic lights and speed limit at will, not because they are in emergency, but people are in perinea hurry and always fighting the time clock. Plus we are so concerned about our car that if something or someone nicks it, we act as if one of our limb has been broken, plus no individual respect for each other while driving, we will honk, not give space to ambulance, will do wrong side overtakes and try to push our vehicles even when there is no place to stand, why we do this, because we care 2 hoots for law, and we know by bribing law enforcing authorities we can escape any punishments. Along with this we carry our ego, social position and dominance in the road, many a times; giving way to one of the passing by car is taken as a defeat and huge ego issues, also a sense of defeat or arrogance creeps in.

A stressed driver's behavior depends on that driver's coping abilities. Generally, drivers who scored high on aggression tests used direct confrontation strategies when faced with stress while driving. Strategies include long horn honks, swerving, tailgating and attempting to fight the other driver. Many drivers who experience road rage have admitted that they believe they commit more violations. Driving presents many stresses any time a person is behind the wheel because of high speeds and other drivers making different decisions. As stress increases, the likelihood of a person having road rage increases dramatically, and if a person has road rage, their stress levels increase. Typically, younger males are most susceptible to road rage.

According to one study, people who customize their cars with stickers and other adornments are more prone to road rage. The number of territory makers predicted road rage better than vehicle value or condition. Furthermore, only the number of bumper stickers and not their content, predicted road rage.

How the World Reacts to Road Rage and Penalties they impose
Road rage is a relatively serious act. It may be seen as an endangerment of public safety. It is however, not always possible to judge intent by external observation, so "road raggers" who are stopped by police may be charged with other offences such as careless or reckless driving, or may be fined. Road Raggers may be considered as criminals.

Australia
In New South Wales, Australia, road rage is considered an extremely serious act. Any person who chases another motorist or shows intimidating and/or bullying towards another road user can be charged with predatory driving, a serious offence that can leave the culprit in jail for up to 5 years. Offenders can also be fined $100,000 and disqualified from driving, whether or not he or she intended to harm the victim physically. If the predatory driving results in a physical assault or harm, and/or the victim’s car were intentionally damaged, penalties can be much more severe.
Additionally, most common-law countries prohibit common assault, which could apply to road rage where the personal safety of the victim is seen to be threatened. The common law regards assault as both a criminal and civil matter, leading to both public criminal penalties and private civil liabilities.

Germany
Road rage, insults and rude gestures in traffic can lead to fines and even prison sentences to drivers who shout insults or make offensive gestures while driving.

New Zealand
In New Zealand road rage is, in itself, not an offence; however, when another road-user is physically assaulted or killed, then the offending parties are prosecuted for the specific offence committed. Drivers have a legal duty to take reasonable care to avoid endangerment of human life when operating a vehicle (s 156 Crimes Act 1961); failure to discharge this duty, such as an act of aggressive driving, can give rise to liability in criminal nuisance (s 156 Crimes Act 1961). Ramming a vehicle constitutes intentional or reckless damage to property, a criminal offence, with a maximum penalty of 7 years imprisonment (s 269 Crimes Act 1961). The New Zealand Police generally regard “road rage” complaints as a low priority and the courts currently have no powers to disqualify drivers who physically assault another road user.

Singapore
Road rage is a criminal offence in Singapore. When found guilty, the offender may be jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000 for causing hurt.

United Kingdom
In the UK, road rage can result in criminal penalties for assault or more serious offences against the person. The Public Order Act 1986 can also apply to road rage. Sections 4A and 5 of the 1986 Act prohibit public acts likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. Section 4 also prohibits threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior with intent to cause a victim to believe that violence will be used against him or another.

United States
In some jurisdictions, such as the Commonwealth of Virginia, it is easier to prosecute road rage as reckless driving instead of aggressive driving simply because the burden of proof does not require "intent" to successfully convict. In April 2007, a Colorado driver was convicted of first degree murder for causing the deaths of two motorists in November 2005. He will serve a mandatory sentence of two consecutive life terms.

Death and Accidents in India through Road Rages
As per 2015 statistics released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra are the top five states in India which have the highest number of cases of 'Causing injuries under Rash driving/ Road rage! The overall cases of road rage and rash driving in the country amounted to 451,069 which means almost 33 people out of every 100,000 unleashed their wrath while driving on Indian roads. With Kerala being the den for hot-headed drivers, it is no surprise that Thiruvananthapuram saw 12,440 cases of road rage, the highest among all Indian cities. It was followed by other cities such as Kochi (10,502 cases), Thrissur (8,068) and Kozhikode (6,661). Further, the country's capital New Delhi reported 7,411 road rage incidences - helping it to the fourth spot for the most fuming drivers. Reflecting Tamil Nadu's behavior, Chennai also saw 6,516 cases of road rage. Meanwhile among other metros, 4,569 people in Kolkata were charged with the same, closely followed by 4,255 people in Bengaluru and 3,963 in Mumbai.


As they say hurry makes a bad curry, so we can really see for ourselves that the figures speak for it. Is it not more prudent to leave home early, plan your routine, look out for others, share cars or use car pool and drive with patience, as if we are not safe there is no use of reaching a destination with bruises and injuries, many a times our anger or bad behavior or insults do not just stop but play around in our mind and brain, which keeps us agitated longer than usual or longer than we want, the serious question to ask oneself is it worth, I am sure the answer is no in 90% of cases, be safe than sorry.

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