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Evil Road Rage Nutter Jailed For Beating Up 81 Year Old Pensioner for Driving Too Slowly

A thug has been jailed for beating up an elderly woman who told him to watch his language when he swore at her for driving too slowly. Road rage driver Usman Ali Yasin, 30, left Patricia Pearson, 81, with horrific injuries following the attack in June this year. She suffered cuts to her forehead, lips and cheek and told police the attack had left her feeling ‘vulnerable’.

Yasin claimed that the pensioner attacked him and told officers he had been acting in self-defence. He was jailed for 16 weeks yesterday after a trial at Burton Magistrates Court found him guilty of common assault. Jailing Yasin, chair of the bench Dorothy Pegg said she and her fellow Justices of the Peace felt they had no choice but to impose a custodial sentence. She said: ‘For this offence of assault we take in to account the effect that this has had on Mrs Pearson. ‘She was once strong-minded but she is now scared and vulnerable and was terrified by the attack. ‘The offence is so serious that only a custodial sentence is justified.’ The court did not order Yasin, from Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, to pay any costs or compensation to the victim.

The court heard that the fast food delivery driver had become incensed when he became stuck behind Mrs Pearson – who had been driving to visit her husband in a care home. He pulled in front of her and braked sharply, before Mrs Pearson got out her car and approached the passenger side of his Peugeot 206. Mrs Pearson was subjected to a barrage of abuse by Yasin when she got out of her car The court heard she opened the car door and was met with a torrent of abuse from the defendant.

Mrs Pearson leaned in to cover Yasin’s mouth to stop him using foul language towards her, causing him to lash out. Prosecutor Michael Taylor said: ‘The defendant called her a ‘stupid f***ing bitch’ and ‘an old cow’. ‘She was incensed by it and leaned in to the car, leaned forward and put the palm of her hand to his face, mouth and nose.’She said “mind your language”. ‘A witness saw him deliver a back-handed slap to Mrs Pearson which appeared to connect with considerable force. ‘Her glasses were thrown 15-20 feet down the road. ‘She then felt two scratches down her face which started bleeding.’

The court heard a victim impact statement from Mrs Pearson, from Burton-upon-Trent, in which she described the devastating effect of the attack. She said: ‘The attack left me feeling scared and vulnerable. I have always been a strong person but was terrified when this man attacked me. There was no need for him to attack me and no way to do so in the way he did. ‘The incident occurred on All Saints Road in Burton at around 2pm’.

Daily Mail Report

MyRoadRage Opinion: Scumbag

The UK is still the road rage capital of the world, according to latest figures.

Nearly nine in 10 UK drivers said they had been road rage victims at least once, a survey has found.

Road rage had been experienced more than 10 times, 20% of those interviewed said, with more than 70% committing the offence themselves.

The latest statistics backed up a recent Gallup poll which showed Britain was the leading country in the world for road rage, with 80.4% of UK drivers being victims of it.

Of those who admitted committing road rage to motoring magazine Max Power, three in five said they felt “fine” about it, adding that victims “deserved it”.

Only 14% showed any remorse, and said their bad mood had affected their actions.

The survey also showed that road rage was likely to happen in the afternoon and evening, in a town, and mainly in south-east England.

The most common action was gesticulating, while in one in seven cases victims faced an aggressor who got out of the car and physically or verbally abused them. Only 7% reported incidents to the police.

“White van man” – often thought to be a regular road rage offender – was cited in 13% of incidents.

The survey of Max Power readers (typically about 16-30 years old) involved interviews with 1,035 people.

Max Power editor John Sootheran said: “This research proves that Britain’s roads are not a friendly place to be.

“While it’s shocking that so many young drivers are victims or instigators of road rage, I believe these results only reflect the stressful and hectic lifestyles we lead – particularly in urban environments.”

The survey was conducted in association with the RAC Foundation, whose executive director Edmund King said: “This survey is a revealing and alarming insight into some young drivers’ attitudes. Road rage seems to be linked to congestion and stress, as most incidents occur in the busier towns and cities.

“Drivers should not respond aggressively to irritation on the roads. It may be tough on the streets but that’s no excuse for raging against other drivers.”

Daily Mail Report

Paul Guaschino was driving Friday when a fellow motorist spotted an “Impeach Obama” bumper sticker on the 62-year-old Connecticut resident’s vehicle.

According to police, the other driver apparently did not appreciate the bumper sticker and “displayed his dislike by showing his middle finger.”

In response, Guaschino allegedly followed the other driver to a traffic light, where he exited his car–baseball bat in hand–and struck the trunk of the middle finger-waving driver. The second motorist “fled in fear of his safety,” police reported.

The road rage incident resulted in three criminal charges being filed against Guaschino (threatening, criminal mischief, and breach of peace).

Guaschino, who did not return a message left at his Manchester home, is scheduled for a February 20 Superior Court appearance. While state records show that Guaschino is registered to vote, he has not declared a party affiliation.

Canadian study discovers the best and worst days to drive. Cutting people up is listed as the most common cause of road rage. Over 3 per cent of complaints involved violent behaviour and weapons. The worst motorists drive on Tuesdays in September, between six and nine in the morning, according to a new study on the causes of road rage. And the worst offenders are people who weave in and out of traffic and cut people up.

Researchers from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada analysed 5,624 complaints made over an eight-year period. There are more incidents of road rage on Tuesdays in September, according to research from Canada. Weaving in and out of traffic, cutting people up, speeding and making rude hand gestures are among the most common complaints. These behaviours included weaving and cutting, speeding, driving too close, hostile and violent behaviour, driving too slow, using mobile phones while driving, not indicating properly, and more. Most complaints contained more than one of these types of behaviour.

‘Hostile driver display’ included swearing and rude hand gestures. These behaviours appeared in more than 11 per cent of all complaints. This put it third in the list of most annoying incidents, just behind speeding. Violent display included physical and threatening behaviour. This was listed as chasing, getting out of the car to argue, waving a gun or weapon, and throwing objects. There were 421 examples of this type of behaviour found in multiple complaints. Wickens also looked at how many complaints were made on each day of the week.

Plus, the total number of complaints made in each month of the year. Tuesday had the most complaints with 984, compared to Sunday with the lowest with 425. The worst month for road rage incidents was September. The most relaxed month to drive was June. As you might expect, the worst time to drive was at rush hour during the morning, with evening rush hour coming in second. And there were 108 complaints made about drivers between the hours of midnight and three am.

According to the study, aggressive driving is said to be the cause of half of all car accidents in the US.The researchers plan to use the study’s findings about the worst driving offences, and how often they happen, to teach new drivers about road crimes and how to avoid them.

By Daily Mail Reporter

Most of us have heard of or maybe experienced a crazy road rager. You know…  the guy (or gal) who is tailgating you, beeping his horn, giving you those rude hand gestures or trying to provoke you into a situation where he can bully you or take his frustrations out on you. You may encounter them anywhere, in bumper to bumper traffic or on quiet country roads. You may encounter your road rager when you are on your way to work, when you are alone by yourself or worse with your young children. Your goal for dealing with road ragers is to be able to disengage from them without suffering any lasting consequence to you, your vehicle or any other people who may be with you.

Here are the 10 best tips for coping with road rage:

1. Do not engage the other driver that may make the situation worse. Do not brake abruptly, do not flash your lights or swerve towards the vehicle or make any aggressive moves.

2. If you are in the overtaking lane, change lanes to let the road rager pass you.

3. If the road rager attempts to engage you while he is next to you, keep your windows rolled up and politely wave and mouth the words I’m sorry. This simple gesture can often defuse the situation.

4. Do not make eye contact with the road rager, do not make any face gestures and do not make any hand gestures or salutes. You do not need to make a point or win the situation with the road rager, you just want to get rid of them and get out of the situation as quickly as possible.

5. Do not engage in the contest to see who can make the most noise with your car horn. Car horn noises are not attempts at communication.

6. If the road rager does pass you, leave lots of space between you and him and if possible let other vehicles get in between the two of you. Distance is your advantage and once he gone past you, you do not want to come back into his attention.

7. If the road rager persists and you feel threatened, call the police and provide the operator with all of the vehicle details. This will allow police to identify the suspect and take action.

8. If the road rager begins to follow you, do not head to your residence or workplace. Drive towards a police station.

9. If you end up stopped in traffic, ignore the rager as much as possible, lock your doors, indicate that you are on the phone to police and never roll down the window or get out of the vehicle. Remember that a road rager is not functioning on a logical thinking process and may have access to weapons and may use them without further provocation.

10. Once the road rager is out of sight, take a deep breath and relax to get rid of the stress that the situation has caused you.

If we think back to our own personal driving experiences, we have probably encountered drivers that drive in such a fashion that drives us crazy. These are the drivers who tailgate, drive too aggressively, become frustrated, honk their horns and generally behave poorly. At times we should remember that perhaps we have inadvertently cut someone else off or followed someone a little too closely for their comfort level. Sometimes driving behaviours can be inadvertent caused by poor habits, distraction or other factors. In these cases, it may be a little easier to forgive other drivers when we think back on the times when we were not perfect drivers. “Live and Let Live” may be a good position to adopt and live by.

Sometimes when we are dealing with pure road ragers who are mad at the world we should adopt a position where we should not take their actions personally. Removing the personalisation may be very hard to do as it really feels that it is personal and that other person has really jeopardized your safety. Revenge is something that we may consider. However, make sure it is not physical revenge. Don’t be tempted to follow them and damage their car. If you want revenge first report them to the police and then report them at http://www.MyRoadRage.com

Somewhere we have probably seen a really large person unfold themselves from a really small car. We may not consider what substances that may be fuelling the road rager’s attitude and their aptitude for fighting and their access or fondness for carrying and using weapons. The media is full of examples of road rage shootings, stabbings and beatings inflicted by baseball bats and golf clubs etc.

There are other strategies that may help us from taking on other drivers frustrations while driving and becoming road ragers ourselves. Here are 6 strategies that may be helpful to you.

1. Take advantage of radio broadcasts that regularly update traffic conditions caused by road works, congestion and crashes.

2. Leave for our destination in good time that does not leave you feeling “rushed” to get there. Remember that “Murphy’s Law” does kick in and construction, congestion and crashes are all parts of driving.

3. Have a copy of your favourite relaxing music available when that commuter traffic is all backed up.

4. You cannot control other driver’s actions but by being polite and courteous, you can make other drivers believe that you are a great driver in a poor driving situation.

5. Remember to breathe… relax your grip on the steering wheel and take several deep, slow breaths and remember that you are in a temporary situation. If you adopt a calmer more serene attitude there is a greater chance that “negative” situations will not occur and compound your situation.

6. Remember that there may be a police officer somewhere behind you in an unmarked car who is just looking for aggressive drivers who make lives miserable. You know how it felt when you saw that road rager or aggressive driver pulled over for his stupidity.

Don’t forget you can relieve all that stress by having a good rant about the road rager on http://www.MyRoadRage.com

 

Riots hero Tariq Jahan yesterday appeared in court for allegedly beating up a driver in a road rage attack.

Jahan, 47, denied breaking a man’s jaw and knocking out his teeth in July.

Birmingham magistrates ruled the case was too serious for them to hear and sent it to crown court for trial.

He was granted unconditional bail until a committal hearing on November 21.

Jahan won a Pride of Britain award for urging people to turn away from violence after his son, Haroon, 21, and two others, Shazad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 21, died in August.

They were hit by a car while trying to protect shops from looters.

He said at the time: “Blacks, Asians and whites live in the same community. Why are we doing this? Step forward if you want to lose your sons. Otherwise, go home.”

Nine people have been charged over the deaths in the Birmingham riots.