One of the unfortunate side-effects of our currently divided society is that the incidents of road rage are on the increase on our roads and highways. A recent road rage incident that happened near Katy was captured on video by the victim of the incident.
According to a story that appeared on the Chron.com website, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of Randu Salgado, 43, who is accused of assault and criminal mischief.
The incident happened on Thursday, February 1st in the westbound lanes on the Katy Freeway near Baker Cypress Road, It all happened at a time of day when the traffic was increasing. An 18-year-old driver whose identity has not been released by authorities said that Salgado became enraged when he was unable to pass other vehicles using the shoulder lane. Salgado then proceeded to tailgate the younger driver, who had the foresight to record the incident on cellphone video. The video clearly shows the identity of the driver who smashed a side-view mirror and sent glass into the teenager’s vehicle.
Both Salgado and the teen exited the freeway and pulled into a nearby parking lot. By the end of the incident, Salgado gut-punched the teen and took off.
Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office has issued a warrant for Salgado’s arrest.
Almost every state in the U.S. has reported an increase in the number of road rage cases over the last few years. An astounding 66% of all traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 60% of drivers on the road have either directly witnessed or been targeted in an aggressive driving incident. According to the every 2 road rage incidents involve someone feeling as if they were cut off, or because of distracted driving.