Chicago-area highway shootings continue to decline from high numbers two years ago, but when they do occur, they are increasingly triggered by street rage incidents, according to the Illinois State Police. I’m here.
Of the 140 shootings on Chicago-area highways investigated by the Illinois police in 2022, about 40% reported road rage, the agency said in a statement.
That’s a sharp increase from 12% of reported street anger (264) in 2021 shootings, according to state police.
Out of the 22 highway shootings reported in the area so far this year, at least nine have reported street anger, according to state police. At the same time last year, he had 32 reported shootings on Chicago-area highways.
last year, 3 year old Mateo Zastro I was fatally shot while sitting in the back seat of my mother’s SUV on the southwest side. Police said the shooting was triggered by street anger.
After that incident, activists took to the streets to hand out leaflets about the deadly combination of road rage and guns.
State police, citing an AAA Foundation study, say road rage incidents are often caused by drivers upset that another driver won’t let them through or pass them. .
According to state police, drivers who feel they are being targeted by an aggressive driver are advised to avoid eye contact with that person and avoid making physical gestures.