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Road rage crashes in Harris County on the rise

Between January and July of 2020, there have been 166 highway rage crashes. In 2021, that quantity jumped to 204. So far this year, there’s been 209.

HOUSTON, Texas — Road rage is one thing Houston drivers encounter on a each day foundation, and new knowledge exhibits highway rage incidents in Texas will not be slowing down. 

September 9 will mark two years since Destiny Downey’s life modified perpetually.

“Just, you recognize, my on a regular basis drive dwelling,” Downey stated. 

Downey was on her approach dwelling from work when one other driver veered into her lane.

“They had been driving subsequent to me and so they got here into my lane so I honked, and so they went again to their lane and so they got here once more,” Downey stated.

Downey took the subsequent exit and so they adopted her. 

“That’s once I made the choice to overlook the flip to my home and maintain going straight and make a U-turn up the highway,” Downey stated.

But she acquired caught at a stoplight. 

A lady acquired out of the different automotive and tried to drag Downey out, however then the gentle turned inexperienced. Downey drove off however not earlier than the driver, a person, shot into her automotive, hitting her.

“Felt the blood popping out of my again, gushing out of my again, and I knew I wanted to behave quick,” Downey stated.

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While highway rage shootings are tougher to trace, TxDOT knowledge exhibits highway rage crashes are, once more, on the rise.

Between January and July of 2020, there have been 166 highway rage crashes. In 2021, that quantity jumped to 204. So far this year, there’s been 209.

“We don’t know the way far another person is keen to go. We don’t know if the particular person driving that car is susceptible to anger, susceptible to bringing out a weapon and displaying that,” Lt. Craig Cummings with Texas Department of Public Safety stated.

Lt. Cummings with DPS says don’t interact, however if you happen to’re caught in a highway rage state of affairs, make a right away exit out of it. 

“The essential factor is to disengage. If you are feeling that you just’re in worry to your security, name 911. And if it’s worthwhile to cease someplace, cease in an space the place different persons are at that’s properly lit,” Lt. Cummings stated. 

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Downey is doing significantly better, however even now, driving wherever retains her on edge. 

“Very hyperaware of everybody round me once I drive. I attempt to keep away from incidents of honking as a result of even a honk can escalate somebody to shoot you,” Downey stated. 

The suspects in Downey’s case haven’t but been discovered.

If you’ve got any data on this highway rage taking pictures, you’re requested to name police. 

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