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July 16, 2014 - July 22, 2014

Tip of the Week:

ROAD RAGE


NEARLY EVERY WEEK, YOU HEAR ABOUT A ROAD RAGE INCIDENT. THERE ARE MANY REASONS GIVEN WHY THEY OCCUR. SOME ESCALATE AND SOMETIMES A WEAPON IS BRANDISHED. DRIVE WITH CARE, EVERYWHERE!


Aggressive driving and road rage have been around since motor vehicles were invented.  In recent years, aggressive driving has increased.  When provoked, aggressive, angry drivers have been known to commit acts of violence, commonly known a road rage.


The difference between aggressive driving and road rage is that aggressive driving is a traffic offense while road rage is a criminal offense.


AGGRESSIVE DRIVING DEFINED


Aggressive driving is normally defined as a progression of unlawful driving actions such as:


 

  • Exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions
  • Failure to leave a safe distance between vehicles
  • Running a red light or stop light
  • Failure to yield right of way
  • Failure to signal intent
  • Using an emergency lane to pass or passing on a shoulder

 


ROAD RAGE DEFINIED


Road rage can be defined as an assault with a motor vehicle or other dangerous weapon by a vehicle’s operator or passenger(s) upon another person, when the assault was precipitated by an incident, which occurred on a roadway.  Road rage requires willful and wanton disregard for the safety of others.


Reasons for Road Rage


Although road rage is not a new phenomenon, there is ample reason to believe it is increasing and may continue to increase in the future.

 

  • Traffic congestion is getting worse.  Since 1987, the number of miles or roads has increased by 1% while the miles driven has increased by approximately 35%.
  • Research has found that commuters in larger cities average over 40 hours a year in traffic jams.
  • The shift of jobs to suburbs, often with narrow, congested roads, has created what is referred to as “edge cities.”  Workers in these edge cities breaking for lunch have created a third (noon – 1 PM) rush hour.
  • There has been a significant increase in women in the workforce, and thus, driving a motor vehicle to and from work.  From 1969-1990, the number of women licensed to drive increased 84%.
  • There are simply more vehicles on the road.  In the past decade, the number of motor vehicles grew 17%, while the population increased by 10%.
  • The increased number of sports utility vehicles (“suburban assault vehicles”) may also influence aggressive driving.  When they get into these larger, heavier vehicles, some people feel they are more invulnerable and subsequently drove more aggressively.

 


Examples of Aggressive Driving


The following are examples of aggressive driving behavior that can lead to road rage:


 

  • Exceeding the speed limit by more than 10 mph.
  • Running a red light or stop sign.
  • Making a right turn on red without stopping.
  • Tailgating excessively
  • Driving in the left lane excessively at the posted speed limit – blocking the passing lane.
  • Making hand or finger gestures at other drivers.
  • Unnecessary use of high beam headlights.
  • Honking at other drivers blocking or slowing traffic.
  • Abrupt, un-signaled changing of lanes.
  • Failure to use turn signals when turning.
  • Flashing lights to signal a desire to pass.

 


Interventions to Prevent Aggressive Driving and Road Rage


 

  • Legislation. A number of states have introduced legislation directed at controlling road rage.  Definition problems and concerns about conflicts with current traffic laws are barriers to passing aggressive driving legislation.
  • Education and Awareness.  Many public (police departments, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and private organizations (Allstate Insurance, Nissan-North America) have developed education and awareness programs to teach drivers about their own behavior and how to deal with the aggressive behavior of other drivers.
  • Increased Enforcement. Increased efforts by law enforcement on local, state and municipal levels are another means to combat or reduce road rage.  Enforcement methods include the use of unmarked cars, helicopters or fixed-wing aircraft, motorcycles, video cameras, radar, and non-conventional vehicles.
  • Call-In Cellular Phones or Two-Way Radio Systems.  A number of telephone hotlines allow citizens with cellular telephones to report aggressive driving incidents directly to law enforcement agencies.  Commercial fleet vehicles with two-way radios can also report incidents of aggressive driving.  In most jurisdictions, however, traffic citations cannot be issued solely based upon a citizen complaint without supporting observation of a law enforcement officer.
  • Graduated Licensing.  Graduated licensing consists of a learner’s stage, an intermediate driving stage and an unrestricted driving stage.  Approximately half of the states have adopted some features of graduated licensing.  Graduated licensing is an additional means of providing early awareness and prevention of violent or aggressive driving.
  • Photographic Traffic Law Enforcement.  Automated enforcement of traffic laws and rules using photographs and videotapes can be especially effective in monitoring highway-railway grade crossings, enforcing speed limits, and citing red light violations.
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).  Intelligent transportation systems will be more widespread in the 21st Century.  Among other things, ITS can automatically adjust to the flow of traffic and reduce the time drivers have to stop at red lights for no apparent reasons.  They can also provide traveler advisory systems including changeable message boards and advisory radio.
  • The Internet.  Education and awareness material related to driving behavior, aggressive driving and road rage could be presented via the Internet.  A number of police departments are currently using their Internet web site to provide information about aggressive driving and road rage.

 


Road Rage – When & Where Does It Occur?


 

  • Survey results indicate that road rage is most likely to occur on a Friday afternoon.  It is during the afternoon peak traffic hours that drivers are most apt to be both fatigued and rushed.
  • Road rage incidents occur most frequently during the summer months.
  • Urban areas are the most frequently reported locations for road rage incidents.
  • Road rage happens most frequently in moderately congested traffic, perhaps because heavily congested traffic conditions lower driver’s expectations.

 


Avoiding Road Rage


 

  • Avoid cutting other drivers off in traffic.
  • Don’t tailgate – Allow at least a two-second space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.
  • Signal several hundred feet before you change lanes or make a turn.
  • Avoid making any gestures or eye contact with another driver.
  • Be courteous in the use of high-beam headlights.
  • Don’t flash your lights or blow your horn as a signal of your desire to pass another vehicle.
  • Forget winning and allow yourself ample time for your trip.
  • Obey speed limits.
  • Drive in the right of middle lane; pass on the left.
  • Stop at stop signs and red lights; don’t run yellow lights.
  • Don’t block intersections.
  • Respect pedestrian right-of-way in crosswalks.
  • Put yourself in the other driver’s shoes.  Don’t take other driver’s actions personally.
  • If someone follows you after an on-the-road encounter, drive to a public place or to the nearest police station.
  • Report any aggressive driving incidents to the police immediately.

 


Do Not Engage Other Drivers


 

  • Avoid engaging other driver, even if they have done something to make you angry or vice versa.
  • Put as much distance between you and the other driver as possible and avoid making eye contact.
  • Never pull off a roadway to confront another driver.


 

Weekly Crime Report:


FIREARM VIOLATION-SHERATON HILLS EAST

5800 block of McKinley Drive, on July, 17, 2014, between 3:17AM and 3:50AM, the victim was cleaning a firearm and accidentally discharged a round that struck several walls inside of the residence. The victim stated that he believed that the firearm was clear of ammunition, when he pulled the trigger while dismantling it. Cost to repair the walls is unknown.  CFS 14-069081


ROBBERY

I- 95 Fuel Stop, 5416 Jefferson Davis Highway, on July 18, 2014 between 2:01AM, and 5:03AM, a customer saw the victim on the ground, and waving for help. The customer went to assist her, and then called 9-1-1. The victim was groggy and stated she accepted a ride from an unknown male and on the way the driver stopped at the Fuel Stop. When the victim exited the vehicle, she was struck and does not recall anything.  According to the victim left a purse in the suspect’s vehicle. Suspect is a light skin black male, tall, heavy set, driving a newer model black pick-up truck with four doors. The purse is valued at $20.00, and no contents description.  CFS 14-069445


CRIMINAL ACTIVITY-THREATS

McDonalds, 4301 Plank Road, on July 20, 2014, between 12:29PM and 1:05PM, a male drove to the drive up window to make a purchase, and the cashier recognized him as the person that was told that he would not be served in the future, due to a prior rage, disorderly conduct, threats, and making gun signs with his fingers, to shoot. When he was refused this time, he was wearing a wig to disguise himself.  He parked and entered the restaurant while screaming and cursing. After being told to leave again, he threatened to come back and shoot up the restaurant, and he removed the wig, showing the Mohawk hair that was seen on the first event. He is black, 5’6”, 110 lbs., wearing blue jeans and black tee-shirt, and was driving a silver vehicle with Maryland plates.  CFS 14-070292


BREAKING AND ENTERING (ATTEMPT)

2200 block of Woodson Hollow Road, on July 20, 2014, between 8:00AM and 4:35PM, someone attempted to enter the residence through a door. Nothing was noted missing when the tenant checked the residence. Damage is valued at $100.00. No suspect.  CFS 14-070366


BREAKING AND ENTERING NIGHTTIME

Old Castle Precast, 5115 Massaponax Church Road, between July 21, 8:30PM and July 22, 2014, 4:30AM, someone pried a door of the receiving building and moved pallets with a fork lift. The suspect used a larger fork lift to lift a flatbed trailer that was on the back of another trailer, and caused the trailer to fall on the ground upside down. Nothing appears to be missing. No suspect.  CFS 14-070799


BREAKING AND ENTERING NIGHTTIME-WINTERS/SUMMERS LANDING

8000 block of Avocet Way, between July 21, 10:00PM, and July 22, 2014, 4:30AM, the victim was readying for work when a thumping noise was heard by the victim. When the victim checked the study area, the victim noticed that $100 in quarters, and $131.00 in paper currency was missing. No suspect.  CFS 14-070788


BREAKING AND ENTERING NIGHTTIME-WINTERS/SUMMERS LANDING

11100 block of Cinnamon Teal Drive, on July 22, 2014, at 1:32PM, the victim was downstairs and noticed that a window screen had been cut. $30.00 was taken from a women’s wallet, and nothing else was missing. No suspect.  CFS 14-070905


GRAND LARCENY FROM A BUILDING

Village Square Barger Shop, 934 Bragg Road, on July 16, 2014, between 2:20PM and 3:17PM, the victim went to sit on the barber’s chair and placed his wallet, hat,  and sunglasses on chair in the waiting area since no one was in the shop at the time, and the victim felt secure leaving the items there. Two persons entered the shop and a female with “corn rows”, sat next to the victim’s property. The female stayed a short time then left the shop. When the victim went to pay, he noticed that $200.00 was missing. The victim suspects the female of taking it.  CFS 14-068875


GRAND LARCENY FROM AN AUTOMOBILE

Motts Landing, 6600 block of River Road, on July 19, 2014, between 8:00AM and 5:00PM, someone broke the right front door window of the silver 2012 Ford, 4 door and stole the victim’s purse containing  $100.00, keys, a Union First Market Debit Card, an IPod, and a Gameboy DSI. Value of the electronic items is $260.00. Value and description of the purse is unknown. No suspect.  CFS 14-070697


GRAND LARCENY FROM AN AUTOMOBILE

Arby’s Restaurant, 2315 Salem Church Road, on July 22, 2014, between 11:16AM and 11:37AM, someone broke the right side window on the white four door 2014 Toyota and stole the victim’s brown wallet from the center console, and a Garmin GPS that was mounted on the windshield. Value of the window is $400.00, $250.00 for the GPS, and $50.00 for the wallet. Inside the wallet were personal papers, and an unknown amount of cash. No suspect.  CFS 14-070880


GRAND LARCENY FROM AN AUTOMOBILE

Arby’s Restaurant, 2315 Salem Church Road, 2315 Salem Church Road, on July 22, 2014, between 11:16AM and 11:37AM, someone broke the left front window and stole a purse containing $1,000.00 in cash From the trunk of the 2011 gray  Hyundai . Value of the glass is $400.00. No suspect.  CFS 14-070903


GRAND LARCENY FROM AN AUTOMOBILE

Country Cookin, 3400 Plank Road, on July 21, 2014, between 7:51PM and 8:58PM, The victims went outside to check on their vehicle after being alerted of a vehicle with a broken window, in the parking lot. The victim found that someone had broken the left door glass on the gray Volkswagen. The wallet and purse are valued at $450.00. Missing is a large beige brown Coach bag containing a black Coach wallet. Inside the wallet are personal papers, a bank card, and $30.00 cash. Value of the glass is $200.00. No suspects.  CFS 14-070713


GRAND LARCENY OF A BICYCLE-BREEZEWOOD MEWS

10400 block of Running Cedar Lane, on July 17, 2014, between 2:00PM, and 11:30PM, someone stole a black Raleigh Mountain, Glazier model bicycle that was mounted on an unlocked bicycle rack on the back of the victim’s vehicle. The bicycle is 24 years old, and is valued at $250.00. No suspect.  CFS 14-069420


PETIT LARCENY SHOPLIFT

Sheetz Fuel Station, 9825 Hospital Blvd, on July 17, 2014 between 3:30PM and 3:59PM, a male took two packs of beef jerky and a fountain soda and then left the building without paying. The clerk approached the male outside and he denied taking anything. He gave a name and a phone number of where he could be contacted then boarded a green car and left. Cost of the jerky and drink is $7.96.  CFS 14-069263


PETIT LARCENY SHOPLIFT

Ross Dress for Less, 9773 Jefferson Davis Highway, July 19, 2014, between 11:00AM and 11:31AM, a black male walked out of the store carrying two pairs of Nike shoes, valued at $83.98, and was recognized from a prior shoplifting event. The store manager followed the suspect outside and the male ran away; the manager ran after the male and the suspect dropped the shoes, and continued running. The sensors had been removed from the shoes, and were located inside the store in the pillow department. The suspect is a black male, 30’s, muscular build, wearing a white tee shirt, yellow shorts, and a baseball cap.  CFS 14-069932


PETIT LARCENY FROM AN AUTOMOBILE-LANCASTER GATE

8900 block of Leeds Court, on July 17, 2014 between 10:29PM and 11:02PM, someone damaged the door to the fuel tank and siphoned the gasoline from the tank of the 1999 Buick Regal. Cost of the fuel is $10.00, and cost to repair the door is $20.00. The victim stated that theft of the fuel has happened twice however, those events were not reported. No suspect.  CFS 14-069144


PETIT LARCENY FROM AN AUTOMOBILE-LEE’S HILL~GERMANNA POINT

4500 block of Papillion Court, on July 20, 10:00AM and July 21, 2014 8:40AM, someone entered the victim’s unlocked 2014 Toyota vehicle that was parked in front of the residence and stole a purse containing $80.00. The purse was found nearby underneath a parked vehicle. No suspect.  CFS 14-070510


PETIT LARCENY FROM AN AUTOMOBILE-LEE’S HILL~WATFORD VILLAGE

12800 block of Willow Point Drive, between July 21, 11:00PM, and July 22, 2014, 7:00AM, someone threw a rock at the right side window of the 1999 Nissan breaking the glass, and stole a Garman GPS valued at $160.00. No suspect.  CFS 14-070868


PETIT LARCENY OF BICYCLE-SALEM RUN TOWNHOUSES

11900 block of Anson Court, on July 19, 2014, between 9:00AM and 3:00PM, someone stole a bicycle from the back yard of the residence. It is a girl’s, children size, purple and silver, with “girl power” stickers and is valued at $75.00. No suspect.  CFS 14-069985


PETIT LARCENY OTHER

Chancellor Landfill, 5917 Harrison Road, on July 16, 2014, between 12:01AM and 1:53PM, unknown persons entered the locked land fill gate and cut copper lines, and took some motor parts from about 25 discarded refrigerators.  The value is listed as $20.00. No suspects.  CFS 14-068837


VANDALISM

Howard Johnson’s Hotel, 5324 Jefferson Davis Highway, on July 18, 2014, between 12:38PM and 1:32PM, someone broke the right side window of the camper shell that is mounted on the bed of victim’s gold 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pick up. The value of the widow is $500.00. No suspect.  CFS 14-069576


VANDALISM

Super Suds, 3816 Jefferson Davis Highway, on July 19, 2014,between 12:01AM and 1:00AM, unknown persons broke the inside rear door with a chair belonging to the business, broke the thermostat cover, and damaged the toilet water flapper causing the water to run continuously. Damage is estimated at $85.00. No suspects.  CFS 14-069914


FRAUD (CREDIT CARD)

5200 block of Wyndemere Circle, between July 18, 6:52AM and July 19, 2014, 4:48PM, someone used the victim’s Marine Corps checking account to make two purchases totaling $142.99, from two Canadian stores. No suspect.  CFS 14-070035


FRAUD (CREDIT CARD)-DEERFIELD

6500 block of Deerskin Drive, on July 19, 2014, between 3:56PM and 4:07PM, someone used the victim’s Virginia Credit Union Master Card to make purchases totaling $1,000.00. The purchases were made at the Spotsylvania Mall’s Macy’s and Sephora stores. Suspects are a tall black male and a black female, 5’6” to 5’8”, with straightened shoulder length blonde dyed hair.  CFS 14-070024


FRAUD (CREDIT CARD)

7200 block of Old Plank Road, on July 21, 2014, between 5:02PM and 7:48PM, someone used the victims Wells Fargo bank account, to purchase merchandise totaling to $379.48, in Maryland.  The victim has the card in possession. No suspect.  CFS 14-070667


FRAUD (CREDIT CARD)

9119 Dean Ridings Lane, on July 22, 2014, between 12:00PM and 8:06PM, someone used the victim’s Commonwealth One credit card account to purchase $633.87 in fraudulent charges. It was used in Spotsylvania, Woodbridge, and Dale City. No suspects.  CFS 14-070981