- Associated Press - Saturday, August 15, 2015

DENVER (AP) - The number of people reporting road rage incidents has jumped sharply over the past eight years because of crowded highways, construction detours and a state program urging drivers to report offenders, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

Last year, more than 65,000 people reported road rage incidents, the largest number of calls since 2007.

“Everybody has a little road rage in them, it’s how they act upon that road rage,” said Trooper Nate Reid.

In May, a road rage case in Denver turned violent. A driver shot two people on a busy stretch of Broadway Street. Both of them survived.

“People die because of this activity,” Reid said. “You don’t know who’s in that other car and what that other person is capable of and that’s the scary thing.”



This year, the state patrol has already seen an increase in aggressive driving calls. In January, it received about 3,000 complaints. By July, that number jumped to nearly 5,000, KMGH-TV reported (https://tinyurl.com/p94txvf ).

Once a driver gets three complaints, they are sent a letter warning them to stop. At five complaints, they get a visit from a trooper.

If a driver gets more than five complaints, the state patrol may decide to follow the driver and write a ticket when they witness a violation.

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Information from: KMGH-TV, https://www.thedenverchannel.com

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