AB 2733 Targets Road Rage in California

May 10, 2000

AB 2733, passed out of the Assembly Transportation Committee yesterday, would create new penalties for brandishing a firearm or other deadly weapon while driving a vehicle. The bill also proposes to include driver’s license suspensions for acts of violence committed on state roadways.

The bill, authored by Assemblyman Herb Wesson (D-Los Angeles/Culver City), is now making its way to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

According to a national study conducted by Mizel and Company, a national crime report database company, acts of road rage result in an average of at least 1,500 men, women and children being injured or killed in the U.S. each year. In California, as well as in the rest of the nation, road-rage incidents increased 7 percent per year from 1990 to 1996. Road rage has escalated from obscene gestures to actual physical violence ranging from fist fights, vehicles being used as weapons and fatal shootings.

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