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Web sites let drivers flag road ragers



By Charisse Jones, USA TODAY



Ever been cut off by a Hummer while chugging along the interstate? Tailgated by a Honda while motoring to the mall? Thoroughly ticked off by a Toyota as you cruise to the beach?



Now there's an alternative to steaming along on road rage. Law enforcement officers in Arizona and Washington state are asking the public to head to the Web and report reckless drivers online.



It's perhaps the newest strategy to deal with the problem of aggressive driving, joining more conventional methods such as education campaigns and crackdowns by police.



"It's just another tool to solicit the public's help in fighting aggressive driving," says Trooper Johnny Alexander, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol. "We only have so many troopers out there."



Motorists in Washington can go to the state patrol's Web site and click on a link to report areas where aggressive driving is consistently a problem. They can note what kind of recklessness they've witnessed, when and how often the incidents occur, and the offenders' license plate numbers. The site received 90 reports in the first week after it was created in October, Alexander says.



The information is sent out to the state's eight district commanders and eventually makes its way to sergeants in problem areas. The patrol then devises a strategy that might include using motorcycle teams, unmarked patrol cars and even aircraft to target the aggressive drivers in those areas.



Additionally, law enforcement officers will contact the registered owners of vehicles that are reported repeatedly or are caught in a particularly reckless act, Alexander says.



"We'll contact that person in person," he says. "Or we'll send them a letter letting that individual know that ... 'your vehicle has been identified constantly for aggressive driving behavior' — and, basically, cut it out or we will seek charges."



Alexander emphasizes, however, that the focus of the Web link is on "hot spots" where aggressive driving is a constant problem, rather than isolated incidents. He says those cases should be reported to 911 so officers can try to catch the offending motorist in the act.



In Arizona, a Phoenix police lieutenant has started his own Web site — unsafedriver.com and safedrivinginstitute.com — to allow people to lodge complaints about bad drivers.



Lt. Mark Hafkey of the Phoenix Police Department launched the site in late June. When a people go to the site to make a report, they are asked for information including the license plate number of the vehicle and the date, time and location of the incident. Users can click on a drop-down menu of about 20 different violations.



More than 1,000 people from at least 25 states have made complaints, Hafkey says. And for an annual fee of $24.99, motorists can receive e-mails notifying them if their car is reported. Motorists can also rebut complaints made about them.



The site is a private business and is not affiliated with the Phoenix Police Department, Hafkey says. But he says the existence of the database may deter reckless drivers. Plus, he says, the Web site allows motorists to channel their anger constructively.



"It allows folks to report unsafe drivers on the road, in their neighborhoods, anywhere in the country," he says.



Hafkey says the information is available to law enforcement, and he hopes insurance companies will also view it as a resource. "Right now, people slow down or drive safer when they see a marked police car. If not, they don't. ... This system is going to change that. It allows everybody to be a traffic cop."



But Mantill Williams of AAA, the motorists' club, questions whether people might use such Web sites to falsely accuse someone of reckless driving. He says motorists should focus more on safety than memorizing license plate numbers.



"Your No. 1 priority is to try and avoid them if you encounter an aggressive driver, not for each driver to be Rambo and police every other driver," Williams says. "Yes, the police can't be everywhere, but eventually that person's going to get caught."



Hafkey says police have to rely on eyewitness accounts all the time. The Web site asks for details about the vehicle to reduce the number of mistakes and fraudulent reports, he says. The site also states that it is against the law to make fraudulent complaints.



If "you want to make 10 complaints on your ex — malicious, fraudulent complaints — our system will flag it," he says.




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It would never work in SoCal because EVERY road would have to be indicated as a "problem area."
 

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Your title has it right: Your enemies could cause you many problems even if you're a good driver. Report you for shits & giggles, you get marked as aggressive etc. Good idea, but yea, I can see some problems ~

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The way I drive, they'd probably name the site after me. :crazy:

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I'm not aggressive, but have a serious leadfoot. I'd probably be recognized most often for blowing through town at 0530 at excessive speeds.

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The way I drive, they'd probably name the site after me. :crazy:

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:lol2: :cwm27: :lol2:

I laugh at people who get overly aggressive or that pissed off while driving. Seriously it's so not worth the headache of letting someone else's stupidity ruin your day :smirk:

Recently here in CA twin brothers were supposedly involved in a road rage incident with a guy who turned out to be a Hells Angel who ended up causing the brothers to stop their vehicle in the road and the Hells Angel stabbed one of the brothers dead. And all for what? /wwwthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif

Story:

The crime occurred after the brothers, who were driving a truck south on the Foothill toll road about 9 p.m. on Dec. 21, and Requejo, also driving a truck, started cutting each other off just past the toll plaza, Guives said. After the men pulled over and an argument began, Requejo invoked the Hells Angels *name* and attacked the brothers with the knife, the prosecutor said.

Guives said detectives were looking for witnesses who could provide more information about how the dispute began. "We don't know who started it," she said. "We just know how it ended."

Police found evidence in Requejo's home and the nearby motorcycle shop he owns, Twisted Metal, supporting their belief that he belongs to the Hells Angels, the prosecutor said.

Road Rage, the game where sadly everyone loses :bawling:
 

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I have commute mode driving... In heavy commuting traffic I just go with the flow and don't get too upset with things.

In light traffic; that's a different story. But I've calmed down a lot in my old age (yep, I'm the big 25) and seldom speed by more than 15km/h over in the cage.
 

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I used to get incredibly pissed off behind the wheel, only reason i don't now is im not behind the wheel, and i still get pissed on my bike. Ive got out of my car more then once, brake tested more then once.

The one time i was really pissed off I was doing 75 and there was no traffic, and this ass comes up on my ass really close, and then puts his brights on. I swerved right hit the brakes and came in behind him, and flashed mine just to tell him he was being a dick. then he started slowing down and throwing stuff at me. and wouldn't allow me to pass. when it came time for my exit, i knew if i went he would pull in front of me, and then id be arrested at the light ahead after i got out of my car and beat hiim with my crutches(dislocated ankle, just to the point where i could move around on it again with out them). so i went to the far right lane, and at the last instant pulled hard and he tried to follow, and almost hit the trash cans.

my mother tells me i need to control my temper before i hurt someone :rolling: if people weren't so stupid there wouldn't be a problem :flame:
 
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