States Target Road Rage
November 29, 1999
Colorado and New Hampshire are two of the latest states to pay special attention to aggressive driving, often called "road rage."
In Colorado, the head of the State Patrol has banned the practice of lurking in hard-to-see locations and looking for speeders. Instead, Lonnie Westphal wants troopers to cruise the highways looking for more life-threatening problems such as aggressive driving, reckless lane changes and tailgating.
"I have this philosophy that writing speeding tickets just for the sake of generating activity is inappropriate," Westphal said. "Speeding combined with other dangerous activities is what we should be looking for."
In New Hampshire, the Highway Patrol has added a special Aggressive Driving Unit that hit the roads starting a week ago. The unit is patrolling high-volume roads in unmarked vehicles, looking for dangerous driving such as high-speed tailgating and improper lane changing.