According to a recent study by Monash University, the prevalence of Road Rage on our roads is growing. A national study showed that 93% of those surveyed (N=1,880) had been subjected to aggression from other motorists during their driving lifetime, while 43% had perpetrated aggressive driving in retaliation to the behaviour of others (AAMI Study).
YOUNG MALE DRIVERS (22-39) REPORTED THE MOST EXTREME AGGRESSION…
With 36% having chased another driver when angry at least once. Aggressive driving was associated with drink-driving, speeding, and the use of a hand-held phone, suggesting it may be part of a larger suite of problem behaviours.
We’re all familiar with shocking stories of road rage in the media. Horrible, scary occurences of violence and unprovoked aggression that would be absolutely terrifying to see and be a part of. Curb the Rage is committed to reducing such occurences by targeting the social acceptability of these negative behaviours and the perceived enforcement for failure to comply with road safety rules. These types of interventions will hopefully prove to be an effective deterent for aggressive drivers.
“This form of criminal violence (Road Rage) has increased, police figures show, by 60 per cent across Victoria in the past four years. The statistics represent some abhorrent acts. More than a decade ago, a Victorian parliamentary inquiry examined road rage and made about 70 recommendations, many of which were never implemented.”
Published 11 June 2018 by Age Editor