Road Rage

Road Rage Statistics

Des Moines

The Iowa Department of Transportation does not maintain statistics on aggressive driving. Although there is no specific category for aggressive driving, violations such as following too close, running stop signs and stop lights, speeding and improper lane change can all be elements of an aggressive driving behavior, especially if they are coupled with traffic crashes.

National Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, approximately 250,000 people have been killed and 20 million motorists injured in traffic crashes between 1990-96. The U.S. DOT estimates that two thirds of fatalities are at least partially caused by aggressive driving.

A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that included reports from 30 newspapers, a review of insurance claims and police reports from 16 cities revealed the following statistics among 10,037 occurrences between 1990 and 1996.

  • 10,037 incidents of aggressive driving
  • 218 deaths
  • More than 12,610 injuries