People are losing patience and control, and when things get out of hand there are plenty of mobile phones ready to record what happens.
Next time you're behind the wheel remember that a lapse in concentration, a wrong turn, or maybe just a bad move, could trigger mayhem.
48-year-old mechanic David Driscoll couldn't believe it when a motorcyclist walked up to a car, stopped in front, and unleashed an attack.More stories from Today Tonight
“I saw him actually punch his fist through the glass window. The guy was a bit shaken, and there was lots of abuse being hurled at this guy,” Driscoll said.
He dived for his phone to capture a video which showed the motorcyclist kicking the car, and then attacking the elderly driver, punching him to the head.
Throughout the attack, he was abusing and taunting him to get out of the car.
“He punched him the face again, then he reached in and grabbed his keys, and threw them over the Eastgate Freeway,” Driscoll said.
The beaten driver now had no escape.
“I had to capture it. It would have been hard to believe unless someone could actually see what I was seeing,” Driscoll said.
Only the intervention of a female motorist put a halt to the abuse. As he removed his motorbike from the road, karma played its part, and the bike fell. However dropping the Harley Davidson only triggered a second round of abuse.
At this stage Driscoll feared he'd been spotted.
“I think it probably took him over the edge a little bit more, because when he came back, he put his foot into door again,” he said.
“I thought ‘maybe I'm next’. I didn't know what to do at that stage.”
Using the video obtained by Today Tonight, police today charged a man in his forties over the incident.
Superintendent Neville Taylor says “our message to people is, if something happens that is not right, don't take the law into your own hands. Take down a registration number, get the description involved, and report it to police. If it’s life-threatening, pull over and ring triple zero, and police will come to deal with the matter straight away. Ring Crime Stoppers and report the matter, we always follow up these reports.”
Research by AAMI and the Australian Research Council recently found incidents of road rage are on the rise with 86 per cent of motorists feeling other drivers are more aggressive than ever. While 50 per cent admit to yelling and swearing at other motorists.
Psychologist Simon Kinsella says rage on our roads is a direct result of us all trying to squeeze too much into our lives.
“The things that drive us to road rage are time pressure, and not being able to put ourselves in the position of other people, and understand what might be going on for the other driver,” he said.This reporter is on Twitter at @JonathanCreek