Some drivers say road rage is becoming more common

Drivers say road rage is common

The Bibb County Sheriff's Office says Tuesday's fatal shooting on Eisenhower Parkway was caused by road rage, and some Macon drivers are saying they experience road rage all too often. 

Patrol Operations Captain Brad Wolfe with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office says Tuesday's fatal shooting on Eisenhower Parkway was out of the norm.

The Sheriff's Office is saying the shooting was caused by road rage, a problem some drivers say is becoming more common.

"We zero in on the road rage because it's become such a problem," Edith Wilkins said.

Edith Wilkins teaches defensive driving courses at Barker Driver Improvement Clinic in Macon and Warner Robins. She says all too often drivers are in such a hurry, they let their emotions take over if confronted by an angry driver.

"They're under a lot of pressure and they're trying to get to a certain destination, they're trying to get appointments, etc," Wilkins said. "And then they feel like their privacy or their space has been invaded by somebody else and it makes them angry."

Anthony Greene says he's often a victim of road rage because he's a slow but safe driver.

"People are behind me and see that I'm driving slow so they honk their horns, giving me the bird and, you know, holler at me like that and I don't respond," Greene said.

Greene says he hasn't gotten into a car accident in over 20 years -- partly because he doesn't respond to upset drivers.

"I think if you just kind of let people go and ignore them, you'll probably... you know, they'll leave you alone and just go on about their business," Greene said.

And Wolfe says patience is key.

"The best thing to do always is to get away from that situation," Wolfe said. "If you have to slow down and you know, your trip takes you an extra minute to let that person get on down the road, then that's what you should do."

According to Triple AAA, approximately 8 million U.S. drivers engaged in extreme examples of road rage including purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver.


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