Road rage wrecks on the rise in Texas

By: Christine Nicholson Email
By: Christine Nicholson Email

TEXOMA -- According to a database that tracks vehicle accidents throughout the state, road rage is on the rise in Texas. With Bexar County leading the state in road rage-related crashes, here's how this affects Texoma drivers and tips to avoid being a road rage victim.

According to a San Antonio newspaper, Bexar County officers cited road rage as a contributing factor in nearly 700 wrecks that injured 280 people since 2007.

These numbers exceed those in larger counties with even more residents and traffic, including Dallas. And now, since Lake Texoma is a popular area attraction this time of year, local officials urge drivers to keep road rage accidents down in this area by following safe driving practices.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Officer Michael Green says, just like when operating a boat, one way to avoid driving aggressively is to be courteous to other drivers. Remember, they're our neighbors too.

Maintain a safe following distance by using the 3 second rule. This means once a car ahead of you passes a landmark, you should pass that same landmark no sooner than 3 seconds afterwards.

Another rule of thumb is every 10 miles per hour you drive, should equal one car length between you and the next vehicle ahead of you.
So if you're at 60 miles per hour, you should drive 6 car lengths behind the next car.

Finally, statistics show that a person texting and driving, have the same driving patterns and characteristics as a person drinking and driving. So, Officer Green says that if you must text, by all means just pull over.

"Treat other people like you want to be treated," said Green. "Drive in a safe manner. Be aware of people in your surroundings. If you need to text, pull over. If you just can't help yourself and you got to answer a text message, pull over."

Throughout Texas from 2007 to 2011, road rage has played a factor in close to 4,500 crashes, injuring nearly 2,000 people and killing 32. In the last four years, however, road rage accidents across the state have decreased.

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  • by Mindy's ex Location: with Mindy on Jul 26, 2012 at 10:47 PM
    Man, there sure are alot of hotheads in Texoma. I though the Texas vs. OU people saved all the hate for football season. No wonder everyone is on blood pressure medication. The only time I get mad is when Mindy cuts me off. Love you Hon.
  • by Randall on Jul 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM
    TURN SIGNALS. They're supposed to allow other drivers to anticipate what you're about to do. Not to remind yourself what you're doing after you've already started doing it.
  • by James Location: Tville on Jul 19, 2012 at 05:46 PM
    All of these comments should be taken into consideration except the ignorant, prejudice, bias ones because it is our lives we are talking about. Left lane drivers cause congestion especially when coupled with slow traffic in the right hand lane. Cell phone use has surpassed drunk driving deaths and hands free equipment is affordable. On ramps have to yield to traffic when there is no access but drivers should scan the service roads for on coming traffic and make provisions if possible. You idiots that refuse to get over even when you can are asking to die or kill, is that what you want? It wouldn't be your fault right? Because you have the right of way? you can tell that to Saint Peter. Casino traffic needs to slow down. Why are you in such a hurry to give away your money. And exiting from the right hand lane at the last minute, are you really that stupid? And taking picture of young and/or healthy people parking in the handicapped space is not a bad idea. Safe driving takes full cooperation from everyone. You just can't keep driving poorly and expect someone else to conform to your bad driving habits. The rules of the road and free tests are on the web 24/7. If you have a question, look it up.
  • by Mindy on Jul 19, 2012 at 07:40 AM
    People need to put the cell phones down and pay attention! It NEVER fails, that someone, who is swerving, slowing down and speeding up.....are on their cell phones! SHUT UP AND DRIVE OKIES AND TEXANS!!! Thank you....have a great day! :)
  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2012 at 04:54 PM
    Yes they do. And yes they are always in the handicap spots! I don't see why anybody NOT handicapped would park there. I mean my gosh you're about to walk 2 miles in the store!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM in reply to
      You people see these people parking in the handicap parking place, need to take a picture of it send it in to KXII what a story and lets see how many of these people gets tickets I cannot stand people that do that if you are not handicap don't park there. If you can't walk up to the store you don't need to go in the first place because you are too lazy
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      by Jer on Jul 19, 2012 at 11:11 AM in reply to
      Nah, that's what those little scooters are for. Plus you can go from causing road rage to isle rage just by backing all the across the store with the backup beeper.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2012 at 06:44 AM
    Okie bad drivers? Maybe, but all I know is that when you are in Texas you have to drive the way they do or they will run over you.........Okie or not.
  • by Bamby Location: Car on Jul 18, 2012 at 03:02 AM
    I!! I have caused road rage crashes I swerve over with my big for f-350 and the other cars always swerve striking the wall works every time I always win in road rage got my rifle for back up.
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      by Sure Shot on Jul 18, 2012 at 09:46 AM in reply to Bamby
      Hey Bamby just remember, Big truck big target pay backs are a b*&%.
  • by Bamby Location: Car on Jul 18, 2012 at 03:02 AM
    I!! I have caused road rage crashes I swerve over with my big for f-350 and the other cars always swerve striking the wall works every time I always win in road rage got my rifle for back up.
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      by J on Jul 18, 2012 at 10:52 AM in reply to Bamby
      Juveline ignorant fool.
  • by Okie Location: Ardmore on Jul 17, 2012 at 09:22 PM
    Just came back up from Texas to Oklahoma 2 days ago. I used to live in Tx. and I would rather drive around Oklahomans any day of the week. Many Texas drivers are hot heads who are obsessed with downing Oklahoman's--Mike and Jobe are good examples of this. Okie drivers are friendlier and in OK. you don't have to wait for 50 years at every stupid stop light like u do in TX.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2012 at 07:11 AM in reply to Okie
      Okie, then please stay on the other side of the red river, and you can keep your rough highways that tey are so bumpy to drive on and your holes to go along with it, at least in Texas we have the money to pay for good higways around here. Also learn to ready the signs when it says Left Lane For Passing Only!
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        by Mindy on Jul 19, 2012 at 07:05 AM in reply to
        Learn to spell! :)
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          by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2012 at 04:02 PM in reply to Mindy
          Learn to keep them knees closed.
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          by Mindy on Jul 23, 2012 at 06:30 AM in reply to Mindy
          What? What? LOL!!! :)
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      by James on Jul 19, 2012 at 05:01 PM in reply to Okie
      The reason Texas driver are so bad is that most are from somewhere else. Illegals from all over the world as well as legals from all over the world and you throw a slow driving Texas country boy or Okie and things get dangerous. Texas is the worst place for left lane drivers and they purposely drive under the speed limit daring anyone to defy them and they wonder why Texas is number one for road rage.
  • by spider Location: in her web on Jul 17, 2012 at 06:15 PM
    man you are right on mike,i was at the denison walmart today and i always notice that too..we do have alot of okie cars in the parking spaces...dont they have a walmart in durant?
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      by Walter on Jul 18, 2012 at 07:13 AM in reply to spider
      They do have a Walmart up there, but evidently even the Okies can't stand being in a crowd of Okies. I think the food stamps go further down here and there is always plenty of empty handicap parking.
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      by Delmar on Jul 18, 2012 at 07:37 AM in reply to spider
      Yeah, there is a walmart in Doo-rant but they like coming to denison to see all the toothless hillbillys from denison.
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        by Resident on Jul 18, 2012 at 09:44 AM in reply to Delmar
        Actually the Okies come to the Texas Wal-Mart because we don't tax food in Texas and they do in Okie-homa.
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