Road rage incidents in Lincoln have more than doubled since 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Road rage appears to be on the rise in Lincoln, and it was blamed in last Friday’s deadly shooting.

Lincoln Police Department data show that road rage incidents increased by 60% from 2020 to 2021. Then they held steady in 2022. 

This year, 102 incidents were reported. Of those, 12 involved a weapon.

Other than guns, weapons can include a sledgehammer, knife, machete, rock, baseball bat and a fist. 

According to AAA, almost 80% of drivers engaged in angry and aggressive behaviors behind the wheel within 30 days of its nationwide survey.

Experts say road rage is displayed in many ways, but all of them can end very badly.

Driving way too fast on the freeway is the most common aggressive behavior.

Nearly half of American drivers admit to going over 15 mph above the speed limit.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says speeding killed 11,258 people across our country in 2020 alone.

More than a third of drivers confess to following another vehicle too closely to keep someone else from merging.

Thirty-two percent make rude gestures or honk at other drivers.  Thirty-one percent blow through stop lights.  Twenty-eight percent merge into traffic even when a gap is clearly closing.

And more than a quarter of Americans switch lanes quickly, or very close behind another vehicle.

AAA says remaining calm behind the wheel, avoiding eye contact and not making any rude gestures are key to dealing with road rage.

Patience is key when it comes to driving,” Nebraska AAA spokesman Brian Ortner said. “And that’s in any situation, whether you have the perfect day in the middle of the summer to drive or in winter weather driving conditions.” 

LPD said most of the time, road rage happens because people were running late or experiencing tense emotions. 

To avoid road rage from other drivers, LPD said you should remove yourself from the situation and try to ignore people behaving dangerously. 

Do not hesitate to call 911 if you feel threatened.  More tips are available here.

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