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Safety Tips

Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is everyone's responsibility. By practising the following personal and property safety tips, you can help reduce the incidents of crime and keep your community safe.

  



Facts on Road Rage

Coined in 1988, the term "Road Rage" refers to a motorist's extreme anger in response to a perceived injustice committed by other drivers.

A study of road rage incidents in Canada, published in the Canadian Journal of Public Health, reveals that drivers in Toronto experience road rage far more often than drivers of other regions of Ontario.

The study found that drivers who are well-educated and well-paid are more likely to be both the victims and the aggressors on Toronto's streets and highways. The study of 1,400 Ontario drivers in 2001 also found the following:

  • 46% of Ontario drivers had been shouted or cursed at, or had rude gestures directed at them, during the past 12 months.
  • Over 7% report a threat of damage to their vehicle or to themselves.
  • Over 31% admitted to shouting or cursing at someone.
  • 2.1% said they had threatened to hurt someone or to damage their vehicle.
Aggressive behaviour was more prevalent among drivers aged 18-34, with 44.2% admitting to threatening or swearing at someone. Of those earning over $80,000, 44.5% admitted to threatening or swearing at a driver.

The study found that drivers in Toronto are more likely to be the recipients of shouts, curses and rude gestures, due in part to heavier traffic congestion than other parts of Ontario.

Tips to avoid road rage:
  • Plan your route in advance, travel on roads that you are comfortable on and that have a low volume of traffic
  • If you are driving for a long period of time, stop and take a break
  • Avoid honking, only do this if you feel it is absolutely necessary
  • Apologize if you make a mistake while on the road



    From:Toronto Star, article, June 25, 2003, www.mto.gov.on.ca





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