Our team here at Red Alert News has certainly noticed this disturbing road rage trend during the pandemic. It seems that many folks are unable to control their tempers and behave like civilized citizens. Vulgarity, profanity, and even physical violence are rising, and police are documenting this sad reality.
“When an SUV cut off Marlin Smith’s Jeep near a busy intersection in Las Vegas late last month, he got angry and honked his horn,” according to Police1.com.
“A passenger in the SUV got out and threw a beer can at Smith’s Jeep, witnesses told Las Vegas police. Smith then stepped out and argued with the passenger. Tempers flared. The SUV’s driver ended up running over Smith, police said, critically injuring him.
“Smith, 73, a retired Navy officer who worked security at Las Vegas casinos, died the next morning from blunt force trauma. The Clark County coroner’s office ruled the death a homicide.
“‘We’re devastated about what happened,’ Kaycee Frost, Smith’s daughter, said in an interview with Stateline. ‘We’re all traumatized. My mom was in the car and witnessed her husband being killed.’
“Across the country, road rage altercations already were a problem before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. But in some areas, police say they’ve seen incidents spike during the past year and a half, as people have become more stressed and tensions have flared more easily… [emphasis added]
“‘People are getting shot. People are getting hurt,’ said Officer Blake Page, a spokesperson for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in North Carolina. ‘It’s just not worth it.’” [emphasis added]
For more of this report, please go to Police1.com.
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— Police1 (@PoliceOne) July 15, 2021