Road Rage is real and dangerous and it happens far more often than the Police would like.
Last week a vicious and violent road rage attack in Kogarah NSW was filmed by a quick thinking young man whose evidence helped Police lay charges. The video was aired on Channel 9’s A Current Affair and it is not pleasant to watch.
A 40 year old man and a 22 year old woman L plate driver pulled up in the middle of a busy road like they owned it. They flung their doors open and raced back to throw punches and kicks at a hapless driver through the passenger and drivers side windows. The woman kicked the car so hard she damaged her ankle. The male attacker was throwing punches and bouncing around the road, nearly jumping backwards into the path of an oncoming car. He then jumped onto the bonnet when the driver under attack drove away and was flung off into the gutter (where he belongs) suffering a broken knee.
Reports say the attackers knew the victim, so what? Radio announcer Chris Smith said he would like to know what happened beforehand between them to cause this but really Chris, who cares, it is irrelevant, there is no justification or excuse for such violent behaviour. They showed a total disregard for the law and fellow road users, their behaviour was a disgrace and we can only hope the courts feel the same way and gives them a custodial sentence. People like this don’t deserve to share the road with decent law abiding people like the rest of us.
I have been on the receiving end of road rage and it is not a pleasant experience. I believe that most people who drive would have had a brush with it in one form or another but mine started with a bang and ended with a whimper.
Obviously I have at least one dash cam in my car now (usually 4 or 5 testing) but when the first incident happened, I didn’t own a camera but I was so incensed with what happened and the unfairness of it, that I did my homework and CarDashCameras was born.
The perpetrator of the road rage on me worked in the area where my factory is. When our paths crossed after the first incident he had another go then another so you can only imagine his surprise when I emailed a couple of videos to his boss in Newcastle.
His boss was very interested in how his employee was driving his company car and raging against other business owners in the area. The harassment and road raged stopped but it took me a year to show him the way.
He apologised but it was unacceptable, it was a hollow apology brought about only by the fact that his socially unacceptable behaviour had been exposed. I believe he has learnt a lesson.
You too can protect yourself with a car dash camera, they are like an insurance policy as the video never lies. If you have elderly parents, buy them a dash cam, it will pay for itself and you won’t regret it.