Recently, a Texas woman who’d been involved in two road rage incidents was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. One of the woman’s victims managed to capture a photo of the suspect pointing what appeared to be a gun at her. Ultimately, this led to the case’s resolution.

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Road Rage in Texas

The female victim who captured the enraged driver’s photo identified the suspect as a white female who was driving a red Silverado pickup on State Highway 225. The suspect had pointed what appeared to be a gun at the woman, which prompted the police report. A report with similar details had come in a month earlier, and when police canvassed the area in which both incidents occurred, they located both the suspect and her vehicle. The 25-year-old suspect confessed to both reported incidents of road rage and assault with a deadly weapon and surrendered what the victims had believed was a gun but that turned out to be a large folding knife cast in a handgun’s shape.

Road Rage Poses a Serious Threat

Road rage poses a serious threat to all motorists and can lead to deadly accidents. A 2016 AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety report – based on an extensive 2014 survey – unveils some startling road-rage statistics. The report finds that most drivers in the United States sometimes express anger or aggression while driving. In fact, more than 78 percent of licensed U.S. drivers engaged in at least one instance of aggressive driving in 2014. There were several common aggressive behaviors that many of those surveyed admitted to engaging in (from most common to least):

  • Purposely tailgating another car;
  • Yelling at another driver;
  • Honking the horn to show annoyance or anger;
  • Angrily gesturing at another driver;
  • Attempting to block another driver’s lane change; and
  • Cutting off another driver.

A small portion of this report’s large sample also admitted to engaging in behaviors that go beyond this list’s scope and that enter the arena of road rage. Nearly four percent of those drivers queried reported that they’d gotten out of their vehicles to confront another driver. Nearly three percent admitted they’d purposely bumped or rammed another car. That’s some scary stuff.

If You’re Facing New Jersey Road Rage Charges, Call 732-238-8686 for More Information Today

New Jersey tightened up its road rage laws in 2012, and the state takes these laws very seriously. Similarly, New Jersey’s assault with a deadly weapon charges are complicated and carry significant consequences. If you’ve been charged with either, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney. David C. Barry, Attorney at Law, is here to help. Attorney David C. Barry has the experience, knowledge, and commitment to fight for your case’s best possible resolution. David will explain your legal rights and options as he coordinates your comprehensive defense. If you’re looking at road rage charges, you need a skilled legal advocate; contact or call David at 732-238-8686 today.