Florida’s highways and roadways are seeing an increase in the number of angry motorists. In reality, it’s a problem that’s spreading across the country.
This is becoming more of a problem in the post-pandemic climate, according to Doug Herbet, founder of B.R.A.K.E.S. (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe).
“What we discovered, you know, is stress from being imprisoned by COVID. Additionally, there are many other factors that could be causing road anger in general. Everyone has financial difficulties, and the traffic has gotten worse.
Investigators said that just last week in Brandon, a man, and a woman broke a car glass with a firearm. They claimed that the woman even jumped on top of the car at one point.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said that three people, including a 5-year-old, were fired at while traveling on the Florida Turnpike over the weekend in Osceola County. According to troopers, the shooter drove erratically for a long distance.
The tweet below confirms the news:
Angry drivers are becoming more common on Florida roads and highways. In fact, it's something that's becoming a problem nationwide. https://t.co/UqGYTh7AaK
— FOX 35 Orlando (@fox35orlando) April 20, 2023
Florida Sees Surge in Road Rage
Tuesday night near Plant City, two persons were shot two days later while traveling on Interstate 4. At the site, the female passenger passed away. According to the police, it was a case of road rage. Also on Tuesday, in Altamonte Springs, a father was detained after brandishing a gun at another parent as he picked up his child from school. The incident involved road rage.
Everytown for Gun Safety reports an increase in fatal road rage shootings. When it comes to fatal shootings caused by road rage, Florida comes in second place nationally. Experts blame the increase in gun ownership on that.
“We’re seeing things like this happen, it’s not necessarily new, but it’s happening more these days,” Herbet said. “More and more people are carrying firearms in their cars.”
If you find yourself in a scenario of road rage, the FHP and Herbet advised you not to interact with the motorist. It can be challenging to hold in your annoyance, but doing so might lead to trouble.
Call FHP (*347) and try to acquire the license plate and any other information about the car if you believe someone is driving aggressively. Try to keep a safe distance from the driver if you can, but always be careful.
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