Houston Road Rage Incidents Has Public, Cops on the High Alert


Road rage has taken over the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Miami police, a driver opened fire on another car after an incident of road rage. Washington: An irate driver actually hit another car with an axe in Washington. The alleged attackers in both incidents have pleaded not guilty.

Houston, Texas is perhaps the most extreme example of road rage during the pandemic. Rania Mankarious is the CEO of Crimestoppers of Houston. She says that the problem is threatening innocent lives.

“We’ve seen an overwhelming spike in road rage especially over the last year,”Mankarious stated.

Paul Castro and David Castro were returning from a day at a ballpark last summer when an angry driver chased them.

“David said, ‘Dad, he’s still following us,’ and I said, ‘It’s going to be okay, son,’ and it wasn’t okay,” Castro said.

Surveillance video shows a white car following Castro’s pickup truck before the driver allegedly pulled a gun.

“I just heard this explosion and it was the simultaneous sound of a gunshot and broken glass. In the movies, the first shot misses. He didn’t miss. He hit my son,” Castro said.

David, an honors student who was musically gifted and had a bright future was murdered.

“David was one of the nicest kids you could ever meet. Thirty seconds of bad decision-making by that person ended David’s life and has destroyed the lives of me and his mom. I’m suffering in public right now, so that other people don’t,” Castro said.

The suspect who was charged with first degree murder in David’s death has pleaded not guilty and denies shooting the boy.

“I think people are just angry a lot more. And so in the past, a person was angry, flip people off, give them the bird. And now, someone gets mad at you, it’s possible that they might shoot at you,” Castro said.

Castro says he is incensed that his son’s alleged killer is out on bail while awaiting trial.

“I was so enraged to know that the man who killed my son was being released. It’s time to take action. It’s time to take our cities back,” Castro said.

These statistics are alarming. Experts estimate that one person is killed or injured every 17 hours due to road rage.

Frank Grant’s nine-year-old daughter Ashanti, was also shot in Houston three months ago.

“It was shocking. You don’t think it can happen to you until it happens to you,” Grant said.

Grant says that his daughter survived. However, Grant states that her daughter will need to be able to walk and talk again. Her shooter remains at large.

“It’s senseless. She just didn’t deserve that,” Grant said.

The Houston Police Department’s traffic enforcement unit recently took Inside Edition’s chief investigative correspondent Lisa Guerrero out on a special detail targeting aggressive drivers.

“Our goal is to keep the roadways safe. Primarily in the busiest times of day, we try to put officers and supervisors out there. People are on their way home. They’ve had long days. Nobody likes to sit in rush hour traffic. That’s when tempers seem to be the highest, so we try to be most visible during those times in order to help reduce the amounts of road rage or aggressive driving,” Sgt. Matthew Ham stated.
“Now more and more people are apt to reach for a gun. How big of a problem is that?” Guerrero asked. 

“That’s a big problem. If they’re pulling out a gun and taking it into their own hands, then it makes a bad situation even worse,” Sgt. Ham said.

Police cited Corvette driver for reckless driving. This can sometimes lead to road rage incidents, according to police.

“If you see those kinds of behaviors, somebody driving aggressively or engaging in road rage, call 911. So instead of making a bad situation worse, de-escalate it,” Sgt. Ham stated.

Paul Castro still can’t believe he lost his son in such a senseless act.

“You have to assume that the other person might be armed. I didn’t honk. I didn’t flip the guy off, and my son paid with his life. Let it go.”

Experts advise that you don’t respond to an angry driver and avoid eye contact. Switch lanes to give them more room or to get away from the highway. Don’t stop the car and if you’re being followed, just keep driving and don’t stop until you get to a police station.

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