Tempers can quickly flare on the highways of Texas leading to serious road rage incidents.
Police said a road rage incident in May led to a fatal shooting in Richardson, according to the Richardson Police Department.
The Star-Telegram reported police closed down the U.S. 75 southbound road between Campbell Road and Belt Line Road to investigate the fatal shooting.
A report on NBC 5 noted witnesses told police they heard two drivers arguing at the intersection, followed by a gunshot.
Police said a suspect fled the crime scene eastbound on Arapaho in a white vehicle, according to police.
On the highways of Texas, incidents can quickly spiral out of control, particularly when many drivers carry guns. Road rage can end up in a range of crimes.
The term ‘road rage’ was coined after a high number of shootings on the road of Los Angeles in California in the 1980s.
It has since become synonymous with a number of aggressive driving offenses. Typically, road rage offenses carry severe sentences in Texas.
The term is used broadly in Texas to describe aggressive driving, cutting off drivers, speeding, and tailgating. These actions may be accompanied by excessive horn honking, rude gestures or even assaults. In extreme cases, road rage can lead to a loss of life and murder or manslaughter charges being brought.
In cases of shootings, murder charges are likely to be brought. However, if a victim is killed in an auto crash as a result of road rage or aggressive driving, the offense is likely to be charged as vehicular manslaughter in Texas.
Manslaughter is a second-degree felony in Texas. The charge usually carries a sentence of two to 20 years in a state prison and/or a fine of no more than $10,000.
In Texas, some cities have taken proactive measures to stamp out road rage. For instance, in Lubbock, the Lubbock Police Department initiated a Halt Aggressive Driving Program a few years ago
Police took to unmarked cars and worked overtime at certain locations to catch aggressive drivers.
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