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Study Shows New Jersey Drivers Stressed, Angry, Want Revenge

New Jersey drivers have become more stressed and angry and more likely to engage in aggressive driving behavior, according to a survey conducted by the...
July 25, 2006

New Jersey drivers have become more stressed and angry and more likely to engage in aggressive driving behavior, according to a survey conducted by the Insurance Council of New Jersey. More than 250 New Jersey drivers were surveyed at Automobile Association of America offices around the state about how they feel when they are driving. Approximately two-thirds of the drivers participating in the survey said they felt moderate to high levels of anger when they are behind the wheel, and 20 percent said they sometimes try to punish other drivers. Competing and punishing behaviors cited by the survey included:

  • Racing other drivers from traffic lights or in toll lanes
  • Cursing or gesturing at other drivers
  • Blocking cars trying to pass or change lanes

"Of great concern is the admission by drivers that they're likely to try and punish other motorists while traveling on the state's roads and highways," said Pam Maiolo, public affairs manager of AAA Mid-Atlantic. "If motorists followed through on this, the consequence in terms of accidents, injuries and loss of life could be staggering." The topic is both timely and serious, as illustrated by an incident June 30 in Clinton Borough, New Jersey. Police said a man was arrested and charged with stabbing another man multiple times following a road rage incident on Interstate 78.
 
Stressed? You Might be an NJ Driver (Bridgewater (NJ) Courier News 7/8/06)

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