CHICAGO – The Illinois State Police (ISP) have issued a warning to the public after a recent surge in road rage-related incidents on Chicago area expressways. As of March 14, 2023, at least nine expressway shootings have been attributed to road rage, and other incidents, such as crashes and physical fights, have also been reported.
The ISP is urging drivers to take extra precautions and avoid getting involved in road rage incidents by following these tips:
- Use the right lane for normal driving and the left lane for passing. If someone wants to pass you, move to your right and let them pass.
- When merging, make sure you have enough room and use your turn signal to indicate your intentions.
- If someone cuts you off, slow down and give them room to merge into your lane.
- If a speeding driver is tailgating you, safely change lanes when possible.
- Avoid making gestures or eye contact that could provoke another driver.
- If another driver is acting angry, do not engage in confrontation and try to create distance between your vehicles.
- Call the police if you believe a driver is following you or harassing you.
The ISP reported that in 2022, road rage was the reason behind about 40% of expressway shootings, a significant increase from 12% in 2021. The current rise in road rage-related incidents is a cause for concern, and drivers should remain vigilant and take measures to stay safe on the roadways.
If you are the victim of road rage, the ISP advises calling 911 or visiting the nearest police department to report it. For more information on expressway shootings and road rage prevention, please visit the ISP website.