Safety groups say road rage incidents are on the rise nationwide
The victim of an apparent road rage incident in Elizabeth remains hospitalized and is lucky to be alive. The victim was run down in an Elizabeth neighborhood on Tuesday following a fender-bender.
Vincent Jean is now in custody and facing attempted murder charges. He is accused of running over the victim at least twice after striking her car. The victim tried to take a photo of Jean’s SUV, which set him off, according to investigators.
Authorities are calling the incident an extreme case of road rage, but it is not the only case of road rage to occur in New Jersey recently.
News 12 New Jersey previously reported about an incident in early February in Alpine. Palisades Parkway Police released a video of two cars crashing. One driver was charged with reckless driving.
A few days before that incident a driver shot and killed another driver in Camden, authorities say.
According to statistics compiled by SafeMotorist.com, aggressive driving accounts for 66% of traffic fatalities. The group Everytown For Gun Safety says that in 2021, an average of 44 people per month were fatally shot or wounded in road rage shootings. They say this is double the pre-COVID-19 pandemic average.
Many drivers tell News 12 that they have noticed an increase in aggressive behavior as more people get back on the roads post-pandemic.
While New Jersey State Police don’t track road rage cases, they remind all drivers to stay away from aggressive drivers. They warn drivers to not engage and to pull over safely so they can dial #77 to report an incident.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Association says that speeding is tied to aggressive driving. They say that if a speeding driver tailgates you or is trying to engage in risky driving, use your judgment to safely steer your car out of the way.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Vincent Jean's surname was James.