Road Rage

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Lincoln police are searching for a man suspected of firing a handgun at a stalled car early Thursday morning.

Authorities are calling it an incident of road rage.

Police say a person having car trouble in the city was accosted by a driver who was apparently upset about the stalled car. The suspect drove up behind the stalled car, got out, pulled out a handgun and fired several rounds into the air.

Police say the suspect then aimed the gun at the car and started shooting again.

Captain Jim Thoms says officers found six shell casings from a nine-millimeter handgun. He says the suspect was driving a red Dodge Intrepid and is a 22-year-old male with dreadlocks. Extended Web Coverage

Road Rage

  • Statistics show that 250,000 people have died in traffic since 1990.

  • It is believed that two-thirds of these deaths are at least partially caused by aggressive driving, although only 218 were found to be a direct cause of angry drivers.

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 66 percent of all annual traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving actions, such as passing on the right, running red lights and tailgating.

  • In addition to fatalities, there have been an estimated 20 million injuries.

  • Aggressive driving caused 12,610 injuries.

  • There has been a 51 percent increase in aggressive driving incidents since 1990.

  • Of these incidents, 37 percent involved the use of a firearm.

  • Twenty-eight percent involved other weapons.

  • Thirty-five percent involved the use of a car as a weapon.

  • Related to this increase in aggressive driving incidents may be the fact that the number of drivers on the road is increasing; as of 1990, 91 percent of people drove to work.

Source: (Sam Houston State University Web site) contributed to this report.

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