EXAMINING ROAD RAGE/AGGRESSIVE DRIVING: MEDIA DEPICTION AND PREVENTION SUGGESTIONS

Anecdotal data on road rage/aggressive driving implies that most people who drive could be involved and affected by such emotions. As victims, witnesses, perpetrators, or protectors, many drivers are confronted with at least some type of aggression or violence on the highways. Despite inconsistent definitions and subsequent questionable measurements of road rage/aggressive driving, formal social control efforts aimed at problematic drivers seem to be the preferred method for prevention. The study described in this paper used newspaper accounts for issue identification regarding the proposed causes of road rage/aggressive driving. It was found that personal/individual factors are more often noted than environmental cues regarding the causes of road rage. In contrast to the more popular crime control approach, a nontraditional application of crime prevention through environmental design, which focuses on traffic facilitation, is offered to deal with the problem of violent and aggressive drivers.

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    Sage Publications, Incorporated

    2455 Teller Road
    Thousand Oaks, CA  United States  91320
  • Authors:
    • Burns, R G
    • Katovich, M A
  • Publication Date: 2003-9

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00964519
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 11 2003 12:00AM