Kentucky Man Facing Charges After Road Rage Incident
A Kentucky Man pulled a gun on a couple for driving too slow in the fast lane. He’s currently facing charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
According to the investigators, the couple was crossing the bridge when the incident occurred. Kendall McFarland, 19, of Russell Springs, Kentucky, began tailgating them and the victims reported what happened to 911, leading deputies to find the car shortly.
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies found a gun in McFarlan’s car and McFarlan was identified by the couple as the same person that pulled a gun on them.
If you find yourself in a similar situation, take note of as many details as you can, including the description of the car. Don’t be afraid to advise the authorities about the incident because it’s better to let them take care of the situation than handle it on your own.
Road Rage Statistics
Road rage results in deaths and injuries every year. Here are facts from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Auto Vantage auto club show, as published in the Safe Motorist website:
- 66% of traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving.
- 37% of aggressive driving incidents involve a firearm.
- Males under the age of 19 are the most likely to exhibit road rage.
- Half of drivers who are on the receiving end of an aggressive behavior, such as horn honking, a rude gesture, or tailgating admit to responding with aggressive behavior themselves.
- Over a seven year period, 218 murders and 12,610 injuries were attributed to road rage.
Avoid Contributing to Road Rage Incidents
Even if you are not being aggressive yourself, it’s important to be aware of your driving behavior. You may be causing someone to lash out on the road without you knowing it.
With that said, please always think twice before blowing your horn repeatedly. Keep a safe driving distance from the vehicle in front of you, even if the driver is driving slowly. Even when you’re in a hurry, please remember that that’s not an excuse to run a red light or drive recklessly.
As a Kentucky Accident Attorney, I always remind everyone to stay calm while driving. It’s more important to get to your loved ones safely than to take revenge on someone on the road. Being aggressive is dangerous as you never know when you’ll encounter an even more aggressive driver. It’s better to arrive to your destination late than not make it at all.