Road Rage: Misunderstandings turn dangerous with weapons involved
Posted: Nov 04, 2015 2:18 PM EST Updated: Nov 04, 2015 6:06 PM EST
ATLANTA (CBS46) –
With drivers in Atlanta ranked as some of the most discourteous on the road, commutes can turn into disputes.
When weapons are involved, a misunderstanding on the roadway can turn dangerous, and in the Atlanta area’s traffic, we’ve seen it happen all too often.
“Do you want to go home tonight?”
Richard Taylor with Atlanta Anger Management is an expert on rage.
“Is it worth it to get engaged with a driver who you don’t know has a gun or not?” Taylor said. “Do you want to eat tonight? Do you want to go home tonight? That becomes the question.”
Taylor said as we’re driving around the seemingly never-ending cluster of cars Atlanta is famous for incidents that drivers don’t like happen every day.
Some of those drivers come to see Taylor in his office daily and he sees news reports of angry people on the roads.
“They snap,” he said. “They’re losing their conscious ability to be reasonable and they just focus on the one person… That’s the big debate we have in the nation is over access to guns.”
Taylor said stress and anger play major roles in the road rage situation, but if you add a weapon into the mix and it can become a criminal case.
Incidents all too common
A witness to a road rage in Coweta County said, from what she saw, a suspect who pointed a gun at a car used the weapon as a first instinct.
“Pulling a firearm, in just about every case, should be an absolute last resort and it seems like it was this guy’s first resort” the witness said.
In another incident, a baby was shot in the foot in what police determined was a dispute on the road in DeKalb County.
In the case of the aforementioned Corvette driver, she reportedly gestured to the car behind her to go around, and the driver of the Mustang opened fire.
So what can you to avoid road rage situations? Professionals suggest NOT flashing your lights and avoiding any sort of reaction to other drivers, including hand gestures.
Getting out of your car should never be an option, experts say.
If you’re prone to getting angry, officials say it’s best not to carry your gun in the car.
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