Sky News reports that the number of road rage crimes in the UK has risen sharply in the last three years, with thousands of crimes including attempted murder, assault and racist torture.
More than 3,500 road rage crimes were recorded by the police force last year – a third (39%) increase in 2017 and a 15% increase in 2018.
According to information released under the Freedom of Information Act, some people were dragged from their cars during the attack, victims were stabbed, kicked, kicked, bitten and mocked.
And nevertheless Coronavirus The epidemic – when motorists were told not to travel if their journey was not essential during a lockdown – recorded more than 2,300 road crash offenses between January and October.
David Brennan claimed he cycled to work in Glasgow last year and was hit by a driver while handing footage of the incident to police.
The 47-year-old said he was later told that the driver had been given a written warning and that he had also received a warning “disguised” to learn.
Mr Brennan, who has worked as a clinical scientist for the NHS, told Sky News: “Whether you’re a cyclist or someone weak on the road, you don’t feel safe.”
He added: “When I was on the streets, I noticed that there was usually more aggression.
“I was called and threatened by people.
“Sometimes you’ll find people who will point fingers at you or swear at you – just because you’re there.”
Sky News has been calling for so-called independence from the UK’s 45 regional police forces and the British Transport Police since 2011, citing “road rage”.
Among their responses:
- Merseyside police said a man was stabbed in the head in an attempt to kill during a road rage incident in 2012 and was attacked with a metal pole.
- Greater Manchester Police (GMP) say a road record incident in 2013 saw a driver slash someone in the neck with a Stanley knife while attempting to kill before driving.
- Cambridgeshire police say a driver took a hammer out of his van and hit someone three times in a 2020 road accident.
- The force also said that in 2020, a driver got out of his car and punched another driver in the face before dropping the victim’s car key, saying: “This is England, this is my country, you must turn right to me, go back to your own country.”
- London City Police say a suspect killed a victim with a “GBH injury” during a road accident in 2015
- North Wales police say a member of the public lost his head after intervening during a road accident involving a bus driver and another.
- The GMP reported that a female passenger was dragged out of her own car and stabbed in the chest in 2017.
- The Northern Ireland Police Service reported that in a road rage incident in 2020, a driver got out of his car after hitting his winged mirrors and forced another hedge on the other driver before pouring water on him.
- Bedfordshire police say a driver smashed a baseball bat out of their window and hit another car’s wing mirror, causing a collision in 2020.
- Cleveland police say a woman got out of her car and spat at someone during a road rage incident this year.
A total of 3,549 road rage crimes were recorded in 2015 as compared to 3,0576 crimes in 2016 and 2,544 in 2017. A total of 2,3611 road rage crimes were recorded between January and October this year.
However, only 24 out of 46 forces provided Sky News with road rage crime data, as the actual figures could be much higher.
Britain’s largest force, the Metropolitan Police, said it would cost much more to recover the data, while Durham police said the number of road crimes during the COVID-19 epidemic would “impose on our agencies”.
Police in Scotland also declined to comment on the cost, but the force said 458 car crashes since 2014 had involved “aggressive driving”.
Cycling UK said the road rage figures were “alarming” and called on police to “adopt a zero tolerance for aggressive behavior on our roads”.
Duncan Dolimore, the organization’s head of publicity, told Sky News: “If you punch someone in another situation, it’s called an attack, but bizarrely when it happens on a public highway, it’s often pushed to the street, frustration on the road means crime reduction.”
“Keeping a ton or more of metal under control can have potentially fatal consequences for others if you lose your temper. Aggressive and violent behavior on our streets should not be taken lightly.
“However, we have received reports from regular cyclists who have received reports of rapes, threats and assaults on highways, where no action has been taken against the perpetrators.”
Last year, a man was jailed for a road attack on an 80-year-old grandfather who fell unconscious on the street.
CCTV footage of the attack in Peng, south-east London, was released after Paul Eva suffered serious injuries, including a broken wrist, jaw, nose and cheeks.
John Dugdale pleaded guilty and was found guilty of causing serious bodily harm Sentenced to 16 months In prison.
A spokesman for the National Police Chiefs Council said: “Where crime has occurred, the police will conduct an appropriate investigation and will be able to prosecute where appropriate.
“The police service expects civility and good behavior on the streets, as we do across society, and conducts regular awareness campaigns to encourage people to be sensitive and to abide by the law.”
Regarding Mr Brennan’s case, Police Scotland said: “After taking all available footage and witness testimony, two, 47 and 37 people were issued with recorded police warnings following the Balmore Road incident in Glasgow in October 2019.
“The service has not received any complaints about police action.”
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