In. Road Rage Charges Prompt Push To Tighten Law


Danger and death can result when rage grips drivers, a fact underscored by charges brought this week against an Indianapolis man. The Indianapolis Star says he is accused in the March 21 deaths of two teenagers whose only crime was cutting him off on an interstate highway. “Everybody has road rage,” said Leon James, an expert at the University of Hawaii who says Americans are infected with rage behind the wheel. Relatives of the victims in the crash are pushing lawmakers to toughen Indiana’s laws. At least 18 states already have done so.

Key legislators are sympathetic but say change will be slow to come. State Sen. Tom Wyss, who heads the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee, said, “It’s going to be a controversial issue.It definitely is something that needs to be addressed, but I don’t know how willing those in (the) House will be.” Regina King, sister of one of the teens who died in March, remains undaunted. “If this law will help save one family from going through what we went through,” she said, “that will be enough for me.” She notes that Indiana laws don’t treat a car as a deadly weapon, and that must change before someone else dies, they say.


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