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AAA Says More Aggressive Drivers On Roads

Posted November 8, 1996 12:00 a.m. EST

— If it seems like there are more aggressive drivers on the roads, it's because there are. The American Automobile Association just released the results of a study showing that North Carolina's growing population has led to a hefty increase in aggression on busy roadways, a trend that's being seen nationwide.

Traffic Safety Director for the DMV Mark Fountain says unfortunately, there will be more of it.

Motorist Barbara Camp has found she often encounters aggression on N.C. roads.

Driver Jeff Cartee says he's been the target of angry drivers as well.

The AAA's best advice for avoiding trouble includes the following tips:

  • Keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles on the road.
  • Avoid making eye-contact with an aggressive driver.
  • Don't react to provocation.
  • Don't take aggression personally.
  • Avoid erratic drivers.
  • Remain calm

    Driver Cheri Burnett says she has her own way of handling such situations.

    The practice is dangerous, and you can be caught off-guard by an aggressive driver cutting in front of or behind you or tailgating. In fact, incidents where driving aggression leads to violence involving weapons are also on the increase.

    According to AAA aggressive driving accidents involving death or injuries are up 10 percent since 1990.