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Story by Donna Millsap - The Oregon Herald
Published on Tuesday May 25, 2021 - 11:15 AM
 
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Two suspects from a May 12th road rage/drive-by shooting incident have been arrested. The incidicent occurred near the 7500 block NE 41st Street.

Tejay Nunya Castle, 31, was arrested for multiple charges including Assault I and Drive-By Shooting. Montgomery A. Hedges, 36, was arrested for multiple charges including Assault I, Drive-By Shooting and Unlawful Possession of the Firearm. Both suspects were booked into the Clark County Jail. The investigation is continuing.

At approximately 7:20 p.m. on May 12, a man driving on I-205 northbound was involved in the road rage involving a light blue, 2 door Honda Civic. The suspect driver was described as a white male in his late 20's. The incident ended near 7500 NE 41st Street with the suspect firing multiple rounds at the victim's vehicle, with at least one round hitting the vehicle. The victim was not injured.

Road rage is aggressive or angry behavior exhibited by motorists. These behaviors include rude and verbal insults, physical threats or dangerous driving methods targeted toward another driver or non-drivers such as pedestrians or cyclists in an effort to intimidate or release frustration. Road rage can lead to altercations, damage to property, assaults and collisions that result in serious physical injuries or even death. Strategies include long horn honks, swerving, tailgating, brake checking, and attempting to fight.

According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety that examined police records nationally, there were more than 1,200 incidents of road rage on average reported per year between 1990–1996 in the United States. Many of these incidents have ended with serious injuries or even fatalities. These rates rose yearly throughout the six years of the study. A number of studies have found that individuals with road rage are predominantly young and 96.6% male.

In some jurisdictions, there can be a legal difference between 'road rage' and 'aggressive driving'. In the U.S., only a few states have enacted special aggressive driving laws, where road rage cases are normally prosecuted as assault and battery , or 'vehicular homicide'.

'Mommy, my tummy hurts' were the heartbreaking final words of a six-year-old boy who died after being shot during a suspected road rage attack while he was sitting in his car booster seat in Orange, California freeway on Friday morning, May 21, 2021.

The six-year-old boy, Aiden Leos, was in the rear of the family car being driven to school by his mother when another motorist cut her off while traveling in the car pool lane of the northbound side of State Route 55, in Orange, southeast of Los Angeles.

Aiden's mother was said to have given the other driver the finger in her rear view mirror, but the gesture set off a deadly and tragic chain of events. 

The legal definition of road rage encompasses a group of behaviors expressed while driving, or stemming from traffic-related incidents. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines road rage as when 'The operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers or is likely to endanger persons or property.' This definition makes the distinction that aggressive driving is a traffic violation and road rage is a criminal offense.

A stressed driver's behavior depends on that driver's coping abilities. Generally, drivers who scored high on aggression tests used direct confrontation strategies when faced with stress while driving. Many drivers who experience road rage have admitted that they believe they commit more traffic violations. Driving presents many stresses any time a person is behind the wheel because of high speeds and other drivers making different decisions. As stress increases, the likelihood of a person having road rage increases dramatically. Typically, younger males are most susceptible to road rage. Most reported cases of road rage occur because of cutting in and out of traffic, lane changes, disputes over parking spots or rude gestures. According to the same report, 6.8% of road rage incidents result in death.

According to one study, people who customize their cars with stickers and other adornments are more prone to road rage. The number of territory markers predicted road rage better than vehicle value or condition. Only the number of bumper stickers, not their content, predicted road rage.

Common targets of road rage are driving instructors and learner drivers; as these road users tend to follow road regulations very closely, with learners prone to making more mistakes as they progress through their education towards taking a driving test, they are often antagonized by aggressive drivers. In 2019, British insurance provider Young Marmalade carried out a survey which found that 77% of driving instructors face regular abuse and intimidation from other road users while teaching students, and that 8% of learner drivers have abandoned learning to drive as a result of road rage they have been subjected to. An electric road sign in Massachusetts encouraging drivers not to have any road rage.

Road rage is not an official mental disorder recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders . However, according to an article published by the Associated Press in June 2006, the behaviors typically associated with road rage can be the result of a disorder known as intermittent explosive disorder that is recognized in the DSM. This conclusion was drawn from surveys of some 9,200 adults in the United States between 2001 and 2003. The surveys were funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Road rage is a relatively serious act: It may be seen as an endangerment of public safety. It is, however, not always possible to judge intent by external observation, so 'road ragers' who are stopped by police may be charged with other offenses such as careless or reckless driving, or may be fined. Road ragers may be considered as criminals. He will serve a mandatory sentence of two consecutive life terms.

Fourteen U.S. states have passed laws against aggressive driving. Only one state, California, has turned 'road rage' into a legal term of art by giving it a particular meaning. In Virginia, aggressive driving is punished as a lesser crime than reckless driving . U.S. rankings

A 2007 study of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas concluded that the cities with the least courteous drivers are Miami, Phoenix, New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. The cities with the most courteous drivers are Minneapolis, Nashville, St. Louis, Seattle, and Atlanta. In 2009, New York, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Atlanta and Minneapolis/St. Paul were rated the top five 'Road Rage Capitals' of the United States.