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Driving schools teach danger of road rage

The incidents of road rage continue to rise in Metro Louisville and Southern Indiana. It has become such a big problem, it's changing most driver training courses.

The term "road rage" is something that was hardly used before the mid-1980's. Now we know, its violent behavior on the part of driver's. And now more drivers are being educated about the serious results.

Courtney Carter, passed her driver's test Wednesday. She has spent the last few weeks learning the rules of the road and safety.

These days there's something added to the curriculum, offered by most driving schools.

It is part of lessons, new and experienced drivers get about road rage. Things to do, and not to do, every time you get behind the wheel.

Chances are, you've already been a victim, or you were a participant.

"I teach them never to be obscene. There is no reason to curse or be vulgar. It simply intimidates the other individual, so the best advice you can do is just maintain eye contact with the road and keep on driving," said driving instructor, Alan Cheeks

But it's hard to keep on driving, when you're dealing with someone who suddenly accelerates, tailgates, flashes their lights, prevents you from merging and makes those rude gestures.

"I think it's worse these days now more with the downturn of the economy, and the pressures on people in general, Gasoline prices, ripple effect and affecting everybody," said Officer Jack Pleasant of Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement.

According to a Triple-A Foundation study, 300-cases of road rage every year have ended with serious injuries or fatalities.

One of the more serious in Metro Louisville, was the case of Kevin Dupont.

"It is almost unbelievable a traffic accident, flipping someone the bird can result in death," said Judge Judith McDonald-Burkman

Dupont got five years for the road rage killing of James Morris on Dixie Highway in 2000.

Today, before many people get that driver's license, they are taught about the seriousness of road rage. In driver education classes and those lessons will intensify.

Courtney Carter says she knows the rules.

"No cutting people off, or anything, making sure that I don't cuss at people making sure that I basically have manners," said Carter.

In many circles, as early a 1997, therapists were working to certify road rage as a medical condition.

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