a dubious distinction.

according to a report today in the ajc, atlanta is number 12 in the country in terms of road rage according to a survey by autoadvantage. this joins our already announced position at number 10 of worst cities for allergy sufferers.

now granted thsi survey has a bunch of methodological flaws and doesn’t mean much, but ever since hearing the story of a young dad knifed to death because some other dude was in a hurry*, i just can’t get the absolute stupidity of road rage out of my mind.

interestingly i tried to find an organization or foundation dedicated to stopping road rage and i couldn’t. but surely there is some solution to this. there has to be.

until then, all of you, if someone really wants to get by you, pull over to the shoulder and let them. i mean, i have my pride too, but it isn’t worth making my kid an orphan.

5 Comments so far

  1. Annie (unregistered) on May 15th, 2007 @ 4:38 pm

    You beat me to the punch on this one.

    I am kind of surprised that Atlanta isn’t higher – i think of this town as being FULL of assholes on the road. Or maybe I am the one with road rage. . . Nope, it is definitely everyone else’s fault.

  2. roxie (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 12:01 pm

    my solution — enforcement of blinkers + Mass transit.

  3. ATLien (unregistered) on May 16th, 2007 @ 1:59 pm

    Atlanta – Where everyday is opening day (except for your lungs).

  4. Rashid Z. Muhammad (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

    Considering that the metro ATL area is usually ranked around the 10th most populous one in the country, these numbers seem very much in line unless there are other variables that I’ve missed.

    Heck, given our higher rankings in traffic (#9 last time I saw) and commute times (#4), I would say that 12th in road rage is almost a credit to the people of this city.

  5. abby (unregistered) on May 17th, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

    Hahaha I have not heard such an optimistic response to a negative news story for a long time — thanks Rashid! So it’s our southern hospitality and genteel culture that keeps us in double digits. I like it.

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