Road rage is a common phenomenon in Georgia. It’s easy to get angry or aggressive when another driver does something that greatly disadvantages you, but you should learn to control yourself as the aftermath of road rage, in any event, is detrimental. Read on to learn more about aggressive driving and its consequences.
What is road rage?
According to the 2010 Georgia Code Title 40-6-397, road rage or aggressive driving is when someone operates their vehicle with the intention of obstructing another person, injuring, intimidating, molesting, harassing, or annoying. This definition encompasses behaviors such as:
· Driving slowly to impede the flow of traffic
· Cutting off another vehicle on purpose
· Blocking other vehicles from changing lanes
· Making angry gestures
· Yelling or honking in anger
· Committing other actions that lead to motor vehicle accidents
The law doesn’t consider this an exhaustive list. Generally, any intentional act committed against another road user that is aggressive could be identified under road rage.
Consequences of road rage in Georgia
Road rage is a serious traffic violation in Georgia. If the offense is a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature, depending on the number of times you’ve been charged, you could face penalties including license suspension, fines of up to $5,000, and the requirement to complete an aggressive driving course.
Additional penalties include a jail term; financial responsibility for damages to injured parties; payment for damage to other vehicles; restitution for victim’s physical harm, legal fees, court fees, and expenses; and coverage for damages that the insurance company won’t pay. The victim can also file for pain and suffering, emotional trauma, and rehabilitation for shock experienced due to road rage.
What to do if you are targeted by an aggressive driver
There are occasions where you will make an honest mistake that may set off a driver with road rage. When this happens, don’t try to be aggressive in response; rather, call the police, lock your doors, and don’t exit your car. If the driver is following you, drive to a public place and not your home.
Unfortunately, road rage is a cause of car accidents. It’s your duty and the duty of other drivers to make the road safe for everyone by properly managing emotions behind the wheel.