A case of road rage has been opened against a driver who allegedly attacked a female driver on South Coast Road in southern KZN on Tuesday, reports Southlands Sun.
As a driver navigated around a large puddle on the road, a driver following her allegedly lost patience and shouted abuse. The suspect then allegedly forced his way to her left-hand side and bumped the rear of her car, damaging the bumper.
Montclair police communication officer Captain Dereck Vijiam said: “He then parked alongside her vehicle and rammed his car door against it, damaging her mirror.”
The victim also reported that the man jumped out his car and lunged towards her. She alleged that the man grabbed her and tried to pull her out of the car, but bystanders intervened and helped her get away from him. She reported that she drove off but he followed her until she got into town, and then she called the police. “When he saw the police, he allegedly drove off. The suspect has been found and he has opened a case of crimen injuria against the woman for swearing at him,” added Vijiam.
On the South African Police Service website, police warn that aggressive driving poses a threat to the safety of all road users. “Any unsafe driving behaviour, performed deliberately and with ill intention or disregard for safety, can constitute aggressive driving. In extreme cases, this may escalate to road rage, which is a violent criminal act involving the intention to cause physical harm,” the police state.
Police issue the following tips on how to deal with aggressive drivers:
- Protect yourself: If you are dealing with an aggressive driver, make sure your car’s doors are locked. If you are stopped in the traffic, leave enough room to pull out from behind the car you are following. If an aggressive driver confronts you, call 10111 or drive to the nearest police station.
- Do not take it personally: Be polite and courteous, even if the other driver is not. Avoid any conflict, if possible. If another driver challenges you, take a deep breath and move out of the way. Never underestimate the other driver’s capacity for causing harm.
- Reduce your own stress: Understand that you cannot control the traffic, only your reaction to it. In the end, you may find that personal frustration, anger and impatience are the real danger zones on the highway.
– Caxton News Service