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    NZ drivers are raging bulls
    4:00AM Sunday Aug 02, 2009
    By Kieran Nash

    New Zealand drivers are more prone to road rage than those in the United Kingdom, but we're not nearly as bad as the Americans, according to an official study.

    Police say it is hard to tell exactly how many road-rage incidents happen each year.

    There are no official statistics for road rage as it is not a specific offence.

    That means those who commit road rage are often prosecuted for assault and other offences, police say.

    In a 2003 study, Massey University's Dr Mark Sullman found police presence, traffic obstructions, illegal driving, hostile gestures and discourteous driving to be the main causes of road rage.

    There have been numerous high-profile cases of road rage in New Zealand in the past few years.

    In July 2007, possum trapper Dae Van Der Maazen was sentenced to two years' jail for slashing another man twice in the stomach after a road rage incident in Papamoa.

    In October 2006, George Frires was sentenced to two years' jail after an unprovoked attack on an 81-year-old woman in Tauranga. The assault left the elderly woman with a broken nose, two broken eye sockets and a fractured palate.

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    The article says: "Police say it is hard to tell exactly how many road-rage incidents happen each year.

    There are no official statistics for road rage as it is not a specific offence."

    So, how in the heck did this person determine kiwis are more prone to road rage than those in the UK, but not as bad as Americans? And did he mean Americans, in general, or just in certain areas? And what does "prone to" mean? Kiwis are more likely to have road rage? How does one quantify that?

    That just ticks me off so bad, I think I'll get in my car and run someone down!
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