Aggressive Driving Overview

The words “aggressive driving” emerged during the 1990s as a label for a category of dangerous on-the-road behaviors.  The category comprises following too closely, driving at excessive speeds, weaving through traffic, and running stop lights and signs, among other acts.

Aggressive driving can refer to any display of aggression by a driver.  It is often used to describe more extreme acts of physical assault that result from disagreements between drivers.  “Road Rage” is a term believed to be coined by the American media, originally to describe the most violent events.

Although the media seems to refer to all aggressive driving as road rage, law enforcement generally  does not use this term.

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