While the number
of people who are likely to use violence while driving is thankfully
small, they do exist.
over-represented in motor vehicle crashes and just how many of
these crashes are actually accidental is anyone's guess.
People with mental
illnesses that may predispose the person to violence, such as
paranoid schizophrenia, can be a major problem when behind the
wheel - as one of the stories in the NZMSC book "Crashes
and Crises" shows only too clearly.
by alcohol or drugs are probably the major problem on our roads
and definitely when it comes to using terrorist actions against
innocent other motorists. And if you mix drink or drugs with
criminal tendencies or mental illnesses, things become ten times
prompts a road terrorist attack?
The reason can
be as minor as a driver glancing in the terrorist's direction
or as major as the terrorist being aggrieved because a motorcyclist
was silly enough to kick out at an "errant" car driver's
The common causes
are someone making a rude sign at another driver; impatience;
a sign from a driver/rider, such as a disapproving shake of the
head, that s/he is annoyed with the terrorist's driving; a mistake
on the part of one motorist that provokes an excessive reaction
from the terrorist; a match of aggressions; through to a sexually
-motivated attack by a male terrorist against a female motorist.
Often, for the victim, there is no understandable reason for
the attack - it just takes place.
A competent motorcyclist
will see the initial attack coming and avoid it, and it won't
be until the terrorist attacks for the second time that the motorcyclist
will realise that he is REALLY under attack. It's at this time
that having the knowledge and skills to handle this sort of situation
will take save you.
There are two
basics to getting the best of terrorists : conflict avoidance
and pre-planned response