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NC authorities say road rage hard to police

Posted March 27, 2013

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— The North Carolina State Highway Patrol issued 145 citations for aggressive driving, but they say laws against road rage are difficult to enforce.

First Sgt. Jeff Gordon, a spokesman for the Highway Patrol, said the incidents happen so quickly and often boil down to a difference of opinion between two drivers.

"I would say it probably lasts one minute, if that," Gordon said. "It's a he-said, she-said type of situation, so anything that is going to kind of add more evidence, per se, will assist us in our jobs."

Such evidence includes a cellphone video of a weekend situation in Carteret County that was posted on YouTube.

Bradley Russell Turner, of 3432 Institute Road in LaGrange, appeared in court Wednesday on charges that he fired a gun at a pickup that had run him off U.S. Highway 70 on Sunday afternoon.

His wife, Christy Marie Turner, allegedly handed him the gun as the driver of the pickup and his friend started beating up her husband.

The two men in the pickup, who recorded and posted the video, are recovering from broken bones received in the fight. They said they broke off the altercation when they saw the Turners' child crying in the couple's SUV and tried to leave quickly when they saw the gun.

Highway traffic Slowing down, exiting highway can help avoid road rage confrontations

"It's a very dangerous and scary situation for everybody involved," Lt. Tracey Barker of the Cary Police Department said as he watched the video of the incident online.

Cary has a "road watch" line to try to prevent interaction between heated drivers. Anyone can call and report problems on the road.

"The most important thing is that people can do that – report it to this line – without having to confront someone with it," Barker said.

The aggressive driving statute that covers road rage incidents in North Carolina also includes careless and reckless driving. Last year, people charged with aggressive driving caused 3,851 injuries, up 3 percent from 2011.

Gordon said drivers can avoid road rage situations by either slowing down on the highway or getting off at the nearest exit and calling authorities. People can reach the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP on their cellphones, and the number for the Cary hotline is 919-319-4521.

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  • grayboomerang Mar 28, 6:29 p.m.

    Life Goes On..Amen! I see so many dangerous things on the highways...but no cops ever to be found.

  • criscoj Mar 28, 5:27 p.m.

    Going by the video, the man instigated the physical altercation. Because of that, he lost any chance to claim drawing a weapon for self defense for himself or his wife. Only if he had tried to remove himself from the altercation (and made clear to the person he provoked his intention to do so), THEN and only then is deadly force justified in self defense. The only thing that saved his tail from attempted murder(I THINK) is that he didn't hit anything when the firearm discharged when he racked the slide. All of that said, based on the photos and video from the local news, I have to believe this guy in the past few days has calmed down enough and realised that he is actually a wee little man and has remorse for following a truckload of teenagers some 20 miles, starting a fight, getting his hiney handed to him, then coming back and shooting up the truck. I'm all for 2nd ammendment rights, but agree that that right should be taken from this guy for while.

  • pause to consider Mar 28, 2:57 p.m.

    Hmmm... perhaps gun violence is 'hard to police'?

    Even when we know (most of the time) exactly who has a drivers license, it is difficult to predict and impossible to prevent instances of road rage. The same can be said of gun violence. Even if we register every gun and owner in the country, there will still be crazies and malcontents wreaking havoc on the innocent.

    We need to work on the causes - people disconnected from society and constant exposure to violence in media (movies, games, etc.). We need to increase the value of life to disenfranchised. Not any easy or quick task, but one that will take role models and leading by example.

  • whatelseisnew Mar 28, 2:00 p.m.

    "Cary has a "road watch" line to try to prevent interaction between heated drivers. Anyone can call and report problems on the road."

    Yep and anyone can call and make up nonsense.

  • Alexia Mar 28, 1:59 p.m.

    "shooter bit off a bit more than he bargained for when he threw the first punch....Every video I've seen shows him as the instigator, NOT the boys in the truck." --Scubagirl

    Yeah, it definitely looks that way. I do wonder if there is another side to the story, though. For all we know, those other two guys started it. You'll note in the video that the driver's door was already open when the older guy walked up. Yeah, he threw a punch, but was it a return punch from something earlier?

    Then note how BOTH boys get out and beat the heck out of the guy, one holding him so he cannot defend himself while the other beat the tar out of him. I understand the rage from the boy who got hit, but why did the other guy jump in and attack back?

    Then the lady gets out to stop the fighting. She seems to have done nothing but make an attempt to bring an end to the fight, but then she got charged for pointing a gun at two people! Those two people were beating her husband!

  • bubbba Mar 28, 1:51 p.m.

    Those punks are lucky they didn't get shot.
    xylem01
    March 28, 2013 11:37 a.m.
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    The punk was the guy that followed them, got out of his vehicle, decided to throw the first punch, got his behind kicked, and fired a weapon after he the fight was over.

  • Terkel Mar 28, 1:49 p.m.

    "Whatever happened, this guy clearly has anger issues if he can follow them and then walk up to their vehicle and start throwing punches."

    You've said twice that we don't know what happened, but you know for a fact "this guy has anger issues"? If Backwards Cap Boy ran me and my family off the road I might be angry enough to teach him a lesson he'd never forget.

    You know what else we don't know? How often BCB does this for the amusement of himself and his passengers.

    You know what we DO know? The guy had a gun and didn't pull it until they started beating him which admittedly, he started. He could have started blasting them 20 minutes earlier, but didn't.

  • Scubagirl Mar 28, 1:21 p.m.

    shooter bit off a bit more than he bargained for when he threw the first punch....Every video I've seen shows him as the instigator, NOT the boys in the truck.

  • ncouterbanks69 Mar 28, 1:05 p.m.

    But what is with the use of the left lane North Carolina? Do they not teach in driver's education that it's for passing and if your not passing than move to the right?

    If people actually paid attention to correct driving habits like that one, and many others, this problem would be a much more rare occurance.

  • SouthernPackerFan Mar 28, 12:44 p.m.

    Those punks are lucky they didn't get shot.

    xylem01
    How's the Black Eye Mr. Turner
    remember the shower rules !

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