Police on a road rage task force in Arlington have written nearly 600 citations in the past six weeks following a fatal shooting that began as a traffic dispute on June 25. A police official says encounters between motorists have increased in frequency and severity.
A task force assembled after a fatal road-rage shooting in June on Interstate 20 in Arlington, Tex., has so far made seven arrests and written 574 citations during 464 traffic stops related to aggressive driving, reports the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Police have also activated a road-rage hotline (817-459-5389) for reporting dangerous drivers. The agency had a road-rage hotline in the early 2000s but deactivated it in 2008 because of dwindling calls. But the topic has been rekindled by a spate of violent road confrontations that included a fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man on June 25. Over the next three days, two other people in cars were injured in shootings in the Dallas Metroplex.
The task force has officers working in both marked and unmarked cars. It targets aggressive driving that includes excessive speeding, tailgating, unsafe lane changes, driving on road shoulders to pass traffic, throwing objects at vehicles and brandishing weapons and other actions that can lead to violence. An Arlington police official cited “an increase in the frequency and severity of road rage type incidents on our area freeways.”