Increasing road rage incidents alarm officials

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On April 14, 2014, Matthew Daniell Conste, an 18-year-old college student, was reportedly punched several times in the face by an unidentified driver of a Toyota Innova (ZOY828).

Conste was with his girlfriend and some friends when happened along Santolan Road in San Juan City, Metro Manila. The driver blocked the car of the student, who had tried to get ahead of other vehicles by jumping lanes in a move called counterflow, which is illegal. Conste said the suspect got mad and attacked him.

Not all motorists are as “lucky” as Conste, who lived to tell his story.

On January 4, 2014, a Solid North bus driver was shot dead in Rosales, Pangasinan, when he sideswiped the side mirror of the green pickup truck of Frederick Joaquin dela Cruz, 35, a Caloocan City (Metro Manila) businessman.

Joseph Villacorta was driving the bus to Cubao, Quezon City (also Metro Manila), when the incident happened. A quarrel between him and dela Cruz ensued. The bus conductor, Melvin Intal, 23, was run over by de la Cruz’s truck. As Villacorta alighted from the bus to confront dela Cruz, he was shot dead by the businessman.

On October 2, 2007, Edgardo Canizares and his passenger Katherine Palmero were traveling along General Roxas Street and Shaw Boulevard in Pasig City (also Metro Manila), when they encountered Manuel Hernandez Jr., a Pasig City Hall legal officer and nephew of a Sandiganbayan justice.

Canizares’ Nissan Cefiro almost hit Hernandez’s Toyota Corolla.

Like the first incident, Hernandez was driving against the flow of traffic. This angered Canizares who stepped out of his car and confronted Hernandez. When Canizares kicked Hernandez’s car, he was shot dead by the legal officer. Palmero was also killed.

On January 10, 2003, lawyer Jose Ramon Ruiz Llamas was cruising along Taft Avenue when his silver gray Toyota Corolla was bumped from behind by a motorcycle (VM 2047). Llamas and the unidentified driver of the motorcycle—believed to be a policeman—argued until the latter pulled out a gun and shot Llamas dead.

Alarming cases
These incidents show that traffic congestion not only threatens a person’s physical health but also affects the mind as well. Nowhere is this more evident than in the growing problem of road rage.

Recently, the Land Transportation Office (LTO) expressed concern over the alarming rise of road rage cases in the country. LTO Region I Director Teofilo Guadiz, 3rd said his office is studying the possibility of requiring drivers to undergo psychological examinations before they are issued a license.

“First, we will start with drivers of public utility vehicles. Thereafter, all applicants for driver’s license will be required to undergo a psychological examination or anger management test,” he added.

Guadiz is no stranger to road rage, having handled several cases in the past. Perhaps his most famous case is that of tobacco executive Robert Blair Carabuena who assaulted Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic aide Saturnino Fabros on August 11, 2012.

Carabuena was about to make a left turn on Katipunan Avenue at the intersection of Capitol Hills Drive and Tandang Sora Avenue in Quezon City when Fabros signaled him to go straight, which instruction Carabuena resented. Carabuena’s explosive outburst was caught on video by a TV5 crew. The video has since gone viral on You Tube.

Road rage refers to the aggressive, impulsive or violent behavior of a motorist. This may take the form of rude gestures, verbal insults or deliberately driving in an unsafe or threatening manner.

The term was first used in the United States by KTLA TV newscasters after a rash of freeway shootings that happened in Los Angeles, California, from 1987 to 1988. This is a form of intermittent explosive disorder that includes domestic abuse, throwing or breaking objects, or temper tantrums.

“People with intermittent explosive disorder may attack others and their possessions, causing bodily injury and property damage. They may also injure themselves during an outburst. Later, these people may feel remorse, regret or embarrassment” according to doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Explosive disorder
“Explosive eruptions, usually lasting less than 30 minutes, often result in verbal assaults, injuries and the deliberate destruction of property. These episodes may occur in clusters or be separated by weeks or months of non-aggression. In between explosive outbursts, the person may be irritable, impulsive, aggressive or angry,” the Mayo Clinic doctors said..

In some, road rage may be preceded or accompanied by other symptoms like irritability, racing thoughts, tingling or tremors. Others may experience palpitations, chest tightness, and head pressure. After the explosive outburst, the person may feel depressed, tired or relieved.

No one knows what causes road rage but researchers said this is common in people who are exposed to violence at an early age. The problem may be inherited or due to the way in which the neurotransmitter serotonin works in the brain.

The risk of road rage increases in people with a history of drug or alcohol abuse and in those who were abused as children. This problem normally surfaces in teenagers and is more likely to happen in men.

To treat road rage, doctors may recommend psychotherapy and the use of drugs to control aggressive behavior. Psychotherapy helps identify the situations that cause road rage and teaches patients how to manage anger.

The Mayo Clinic doctors said drugs that are often prescribed for this problem include antidepressants like fluoxetine and anticonvulsants like carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenytoin, topiramate and lamotrigine. Anti-anxiety agents such as lorazepam and clonazepam, and mood stabilizers like lithium may also help.

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  1. If only traffic rules are strictly enforced then we would have less of these incidents.
    Some of my observations that contribute to road rage are:

    1. Undisciplined drivers. Jeepney, bus and taxi drivers stop any time at undesignated stops
    causing logjams and obstructions.
    2. Tricycles and trisikads are now plying the main avenues where they are supposed to be banned. Check out Ortigas Ext., Katipunan Ave. They even have the temerity to hog the fast lane.
    3. Motorcycles crisscross the roads like they own it. They drive to your left, right, and also like to stay in the fastlane. This makes my blood boil.
    4. Enforcers seem to appear when they feel like it to mulct motorists and disappear when they have had their fill.
    5. Sense of entitlement that every driver seem to have. Lack of proper education and maturity have emboldened most drivers to feel that they are on a race and that getting ahead and cutting corners is smart.

  2. Strict implementation of traffic rules should go a long way to stop road rage. What would you feel if you always stay in your lane and then the traffic enforcer will let the car who counter flows to go ahead? you follow the rules and the one who disregards the rules gets first priority? It’s happening all over metro manila… Educate too the traffic enforcers…

  3. apolonio reyes on

    ” NO GUNS, NO ROAD RAGE “, DI BA HO?
    This is what happens when we have a president who is a PRO GUN advocate, DI BA HO ? If there are no guns, legal or illegal, there would have no street killings and no need to bring drivers to psychological tests which is being done anyway to secure PDL ( Professional Driver’s License, kono? ) but dahil sa lagayan sa LTO di lang sa administration ni Pnoy kundi mula pa nuon 1946 ay marami tayong killer drivers nasa daan na walang armas isama mo pa yuon RIDING IN TANDEMS, DI BA HO, SIR?
    If I were Pnoy, I will put DILG under DOJ SEC. D5, who is not a politician, PALITAN ANG INUTIL NA PNP CHIEF ALAN PURISIMA at ibalik natin si Mr. Palenke sa DTI. Sa ganitong paraan ay baka gumanda ang atin PEACE AND ORDER at ang atin ECONOMIA AT BAKA RIN SAKALI UMANGAT ANG RATING NG PAMBATO NG LIBERAL NA SI MAR ROXAS ( SA AKIN LANG MAS MAIGI NA SI MR. PALENKE KAYSA KAY BOY SCOUT KUNG BAKIT LAHAT KAYO AY NAKAKAALAM, DI BA HO SIRS?

  4. As is usual i cant get over the stupidity of how people in power here decide to deal with a problem To help stop road rage you say they want to bring in when getting a drivers licence psychological examination or an anger management test. Lt me help you bring in proper driving tests for everyone wanting to become a driver. Then get the police & traffic enforcers to uphold the rules & fine all drivers for breaking the law. Its very simple, we have road rage in the uk & europe & the usa, its a normal reaction to people who disregard the rules. I mean would you expect us to say oh its ok if everyone can do as they please, of course no one will say that as it means everyone can just do as they please. I think the filipino needs to learn that rules also apply to them & they need to learn common courtesy like saying please & thank you & like waiting in a queue & not expecting to just walk straight to the front of it. Thats where all this starts from.

    • Very well said Mr. Dusty. I also believe that the root cause of this road rage is the lack or better yet, absence of respect of the right of other people.