Half of Israeli drivers witnessed road rage in past year – survey
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Half of Israeli drivers witnessed road rage in past year – survey

Study finds almost 100% of drivers encountered verbal abuse, intentional tailgating, or aggressive driving

Illustrative: An aggressive driver. (SanneBerg, iStock by Getty Images)
Illustrative: An aggressive driver. (SanneBerg, iStock by Getty Images)

A survey released Sunday indicated that half of Israeli drivers witnessed acts of road rage in the past year, and almost all of them encountered verbal abuse, or dangerous driving by aggressive drivers.

The study on behalf of the Or Yarok road safety nonprofit group found a huge incidence of violent or verbal abuse on Israeli roads, and a large degree of unsafe, aggressive driving.

In the past few months, the organization said it had seen many videos testifying to the anger on the road, including people smashing car windows, using weapons, driving aggressively — sometimes in the opposite direction — endangering other road users.

More than 48 percent, and in some regions up to 57% of drivers had encountered road rage in the past year, the survey found.

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Posted by ‎אור ירוק – Or Yarok‎ on Sunday, 1 July 2018

Over 84% of drivers experienced verbal abuse on the roads and more than 94% witnessed aggressive honking, tailgating or cars cutting off other drivers in the same period, according to the study.

“The violence in Israeli society has reached the roads. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has doubled the number of traffic police, but there is no substitute for the physical presence of police on the streets, and there are still not enough,” said Erez Kita, CEO of Or Yarok. “Aggressive and violent drivers increase the chance of being involved in an accident, for this reason we must strengthen the traffic police with vehicles and additional cops.”

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Posted by ‎אור ירוק – Or Yarok‎ on Sunday, 1 July 2018

Kita said that increasing the police presence would warn angry drivers to refrain from wild driving, which endangers the lives of everyone else on the roads.

International studies have shown that drivers suffering from road rage are twice as likely to be involved in an accident as other drivers, Or Yarok said, with a US study finding that anger and aggressive driving played a role in more than half of the most deadly accidents in the country.

The survey was conducted by the Maagar Mochot research institution.

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