Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Road rage victims 'most likely to be middle-aged, professional men who vote Tory' . . .


Road rage victims 'most likely to be middle-aged, professional men who vote Tory'

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A new documentary finds that middle-aged, professional men who vote Conservative are most likely to be the victims of road rage attacks

A survey of drivers found nearly half of men aged 40 to 59 had fallen victim to aggression on the roads, as they are targeted by yobbish drivers and cyclists.

Men aged 25 to 39 were found to be most likely to perpetrate road rage, blaming it on the poor and infuriating driving of others.

A study of nearly 2,000 British adults has now been completed for ITV documentary Road Rage Britain: Caught on Camera.

TV's Road Rage Britain: Caught on Camera features astonishing footage of aggression on our roads

Defining road rage as “showing anger at another road-user: verbally, by gesture or by physical aggression”, researchers have now used footage from cyclists and drivers to map how road users are affected.

They found that men aged 40-59, who vote Tory and are classified as ABC1 are most likely to be victims of road rage.

More than four in every ten road users claimed to have experienced road rage at the hands of others, with only a fifth admitting committing offences themselves.

Overall, 46 per cent of men reported being road rage victims compared to 39 per cent of women.

Documentary makers have now used “dramatic” footage from personal cycle and dashboard cameras, to attempt to understand the causes of conflict.

They found road rage was most often attributed to a lack of respect, poor driving from others and “being in a rush”.

The poll, carried out by YouGov, found half of participants who voted Conservative in the 2010 election claimed they were subject to road rage attacks, compared to 43 per cent of Labour voters and 39 per cent of Liberal Democrat voters.

The report found that 47 per cent of Britons from middle class and white collar backgrounds felt they had experienced road rage compared to 36 per cent of working class, blue collar Britons.

Although 43 per cent of Britons said they were subject to road rage from others only one in five admitted to being responsible for road rage themselves.

Those surveyed blamed different causes for road rage incidents varying across generations.

Nearly three quarters of road users aged over 60 blamed lack of respect for others, compared with just 34 per cent of 18-24 year-olds who thought no respect was a leading cause.

Six in ten 18-24 year-olds thought road rage was the result of poor driving or riding by other road users compared to 48 per cent of those aged 60 and over.

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