An alarming AAA study shows nearly 8 in 10 drivers have shown significant anger, aggression or road rage during the last year, with about 8 million using "extreme road rage."
KENS 5 was given video that shows a first-hand account of what that looks like on the streets of San Antonio.
It was an early morning at the intersection of Ingram and Potranco. Ty Branaman was waiting to turn right until the light turned green, despite some cars appearing to run the light in the opposite direction. The driver behind Branaman was not happy and video shows that truck speeding around his truck, against traffic and then slams on his brakes.
The man then starts driving again, appearing to flip off Branaman, but then quickly comes to a stop to open his door and yell something. Branaman said that his heart sunk when he realized that the man was turning on the same street he takes every day, so he decided to call police. However, the man pulls over and quickly gets out of his car to confront Branaman.
“It’s really scary. What if this guy had a gun? What if he had a knife? What if he had a bat or a weapon? It’s just, what would I have done? And I don't know,” Branaman said.
The man then goes back to his car and zooms off, disregarding traffic and, at one point, coming dangerously close to running into a VIA bus.
“It never really crossed my mind. It’s not a conscience decision that I need to follow this guy. I just think I need to get a hold of police. I need to get somebody who needs to know about this,” Branaman said.
Branaman recalled that he tried to keep his distance while keeping an eye on the driver. After turning down another street, the man could be seen speeding past another car using the bike lane. He eventually makes it to an apartment complex and Branaman quickly turned around and left.
But this and other cases of road rage have put a bad taste in his mouth; So much so that Branaman said that he and his wife are moving out of state.
“I’ve never had the actual hate and anger that comes out like I have here,” Branaman said. “I know it’s a nationwide problem, but I think it’s worst here.”
Branaman said that he hopes more people will start using dash cameras. He believes that if more drivers knew that their behaviors were being recorded, then they would be less likely to lash out.
“If I had to do it over again, when he first slammed those brakes and just stopped, got in the other lane gone and [gone an] entirely different way to work, just avoided the situation altogether,” Branaman said.
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