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Road Rage Incident in Spartanburg Sparks Gunshots and Arrest

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Dec 03, 2015 in Auto Accidents

road rageWednesday afternoon, a 57-year-old woman was arrested in Spartanburg County after firing multiple shots at a vehicle on Hwy. 221 near I-26. Aggressive driving is a major problem accounting for two-thirds of traffic fatalities. When that aggression turns into road rage, it becomes a crime.

Cynthia Diane Keith confessed to the road rage incident after being pulled over at Reidville Rd. in Spartanburg. The incident began at a Bojangles off Hwy. 221, where Keith followed the driver of another vehicle with two people in it before opening fire. No injuries were reported.

Keith was arrested and charged with first degree assault and battery and discharging a weapon into an occupied vehicle. She was transported to the Spartanburg County Sheriffs Office where she confessed.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), estimates that 66 percent of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving, and 37 percent of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm.

The NHTSA distinguishes between aggressive driving, which is a traffic violation, and road rage, which is a criminal offense. Road rage is an assault with a motor vehicle or other weapon by the driver or passenger of one vehicle against another vehicle.

Most road rage incidents start with aggressive driving and angry disputes between drivers. One driver cuts off another or drives slow in the left lane, and another driver responds with anger. A simple mistake could escalate into a dangerous and even deadly situation when drivers lose their cool.

Signs of Aggressive Driving

  • Following someone too closely (tailgating)
  • Speeding past another driver
  • Erratic lane changes
  • Repeatedly honking the horn or flashing lights
  • Racing
  • Failure to yield right of way

Aggressive driving puts everyone at risk, but if you let it escalate to intentionally trying to harm others by running them off the road or assaulting them, you will be facing criminal charges.

If you encounter an aggressive driver, the best thing to do is try to defuse the situation by moving over, letting them pass and giving yourself distance. Avoid retaliatory behavior that can only make matters worse.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an aggressive driver in South Carolina, contact Harbin & Burnett today. Our experienced car accident attorneys will fight to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. Call 1(888) 821-0247 today for a free consultation.

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