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Dallas Has Almost 3rd Worst Traffic in the Country.

images-2We all know how dangerous and frustrating driving on Dallas-Fort Worth roads can be.

And if you think Dallas is the worst city to drive in, you’re close. It was recently ranked almost tied for the #3 spot on the list for cities with the worst traffic in the United States. Only Los Angeles and New York City, the top two most densely populated cities and famous for their bumper-to-bumper gridlock, have more traffic jams. Remember the opening to the movie La La Land when people danced on their stopped cars?

The study analyzed 108,000 “hotspots” in American cities to identify where they are and why they happen. They represent problem areas that cause congestion and crashes.

The researchers found 6,720 traffic hot spots in Dallas. The worst area was on Interstate 20 West from south of downtown to Collins in Arlington. Improving these areas would make our lives better and reduce the enormous number of car wrecks we have – over 80,000 a year in Dallas and Tarrant Counties each year. Continue reading driver pulls up to another driver and points a gun at him. After a high speed chase, police officers lose control and crash into a bank. The armed driver races into a neighborhood where he wrecks his car, flees on foot, and breaks into a house. The officers are rushed to emergency rooms and one is seriously hurt. Other police officers eventually arrest the man.

This unbelievable police chase was not a scene in the latest Hollywood action movie. It happened yesterday afternoon in Fort Worth. It was so violent it made national headlines.

The driver, a 21-year-old male, was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, evading arrest, and unlawful possession of a firearm and already had seven outstanding arrest warrants. His passenger, a 21-year-old female, was arrested for possession of marijuana and had five warrants.

Our residents are almost always known for their hospitality and courtesy. But our roadways are sometimes turning into battlefields. Road rage has become a  common occurrence. Continue reading While Shooting Encounters Show That Some In North Texas Are Still Living In The Wild West

Ever since the Lone Star State was founded in 1836 after a war with Mexico, we have been famous for being a gun-loving and sometimes dangerous place to live. Here in Fort Worth, shoot-outs in the Stockyards were common and Butch Cassidy and his gang hung out in “Hell’s Half Acre” (now downtown) when they weren’t robbing banks. There’s a reason our sports teams are named the Rangers, Cowboys, and Mavericks. We were the epicenter of the wild West — and still proud of it.

Today we in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are fortunately better known for our gracious hospitality, vibrant culture, booming economy, and numerous universities. But lately we have experienced an alarming resurgence of the wild West mentality on our highways. Must Stop This Wave of Violence

Angry drivers have been terrorizing North Texans lately. It feels a little like a war zone with three shootings in three days leaving one young man dead and three people wounded.

Police released this picture of the killer’s car at the intersection of Cooper and Arbrook just before the road rage murder two weeks ago.

While police hunt for the shooters, one agency has taken action to protect the rest of us from this alarming violence. Arlington police officers in unmarked vehicles will be targeting aggressive drivers in its road rage campaign. Patrol officers will look for motorists that tailgate, flash their lights, honk unnecessarily, throw things at other cars, cut off other drivers, yell or make obscene hand gestures in an effort to reduce dangerous road rage incidents.

And they mean business. 60 aggressive drivers were pulled over just during yesterday’s rush hour and police issued 65 citations for dangerous acts of aggression.

Bravo! This is the type of commitment we need to put an end to senseless roadway violence.

Dallas police merely issued a statement urging drivers to use caution. While there are steps you can take to protect yourself, we need law enforcement to step up to the plate. I urge our other local police forces to join in Arlington’s proactive efforts.

This is a serious problem in our country. Over 1,500 persons get hurt or die every year because of aggressive driving.

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DDNn8VbUQAAut4s-300x225One Man Killed, Two Women Shot Sunday 

A young man, 19-year-old Dylan Spaid, and his girlfriend were driving home on I-20 near Matlock Road on Sunday afternoon when an altercation occurred with another driver.

Witnesses said that the car pulled up to the couple’s truck and a man started shooting at Spaid. The gunman and his driver sped off and left the teen to die as his truck continued forward on the interstate. The young woman grabbed the wheel and steered the truck into this building. She fortunately only suffered a laceration to her head.

Shockingly, a few hours later another 19-year-old was shot in the head while driving on I-30 in Mesquite.

Although police have not said that the two incidents were related, the description of the vehicles are similar.

My heart goes out to the three victims and their families. I hope our law enforcement officials catch the perpetrator quickly and bring him to justice. Police are searching for a black four-door sedan, possibly a BMW or Mercedes, with silver rims and tinted windows.

WTH, have our Texas roads become the scene for Wild West shootouts on wheels? Continue reading was another horrifying morning yesterday on our roads and sidewalks in Dallas and in New York City.

A. We still don’t know what sparked yesterday’s road rage incident in Richardson. But we know that a 27-year-old man is dead in yet another senseless act of road rage violence that plagues our country.

While many of us were getting read to go to work or already commuting at 6:30 a.m., two men were seen swerving and speeding along U.S. 75 near Campbell Road. When they both stopped at a red light, the drivers exchanged irate words. Then one driver pulled out a gun and shot the other driver in the head. The man fled the scene and left his victim to die. Police released this photo and have asked for the public’s help in identifying the psycho driver.

B. Also yesterday morning in Dallas at 11 a.m. near I-30 and Jim Miller Road, a fire truck on its way to putting out a burning building was crashed into by a pickup truck driver who couldn’t wait and decided to run the light. Though not technically a road rage episode, the truck then crossed over the median and struck a small car, shoving it into a telephone pole. Two fire fighters and the driver of the car were injured and rushed to the emergency room.

C. And in Times Square170518173809-times-square-incident-0518-overlay-tease-300x168 yesterday also around 11:00 CST, a 26-year-old man drove his car onto the sidewalk, murdered a young woman, and injured 22 other people, four critically. Then the killer tried to run away. Of course.

An ISIS terrorist was initially suspected.

The driver, a Navy veteran, had two prior DWI convictions and was on PCP.

As I often wonder here, what in the world is going on our roads? And how can we stop the madness?

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Screen Shot 2016-12-05 at 11.28.23 AMAn Arlington man was the target of a shocking road rage shooting on I-20 on Thursday. He told WFAA8 that after he passed a vehicle driving slowly, that driver raced to catch up, rolled down his window, and began firing a gun at him! The victim was able to duck and although he was struck by bullets, somehow survived.

But on that same day, a former NFL running back was killed in another road rage shooting in Louisiana.

What is going on out there? Are these just two isolated instances of anger boiling over?

No unfortunately. Road rage is more common than you may think.

Just last month a Frisco man pistol-whipped another driver on the Dallas North Tollway after a collision.

There are many other incidents, mostly not reported to police. and road rage is not just a problem here in North Texas, it’s a national epidemic. Continue reading

Brandie Gage posted this Facebook photo after her husband Trevor Gage was killed in hit-and-run crash.

Trevor Gage was killed in a hit-and-run crash (shown here with his wife)

Road Rage Claims One Of Our Finest

Yesterday a White Settlement firefighter tragically died after his motorcycle was intentionally struck by a pickup truck on Spur 341 the day before.

If this weren’t horrifying enough, the hit-and-run driver then sped off without stopping to check on the young man who selflessly helped people in need every day.

Police are looking for the driver, a Mexican-American man with slicked-back hair, as well his black Ford F-150 Super Crew pick-up truck with scrape marks along the passenger side bed of the truck.

The truck driver had chased the firefighter and another motorcyclist for miles down Interstate 30, starting near my office building on University, before trying to run over both of them.

The 30 year old man left behind a wife and three children. One has medical problems. A go fund me account has been set up to pay for his family’s expenses. I urge others to also contribute.

Texas law requires driver to stop at crash scene

A driver who flees faces felony criminal charges if the crash causes injuries or death. Texas passed a law increasing the penalties of hit-and-run crashes several years ago after lawmakers finally acknowledged that a drunk driver had the opportunity to sober up and avoid a DUI charge — or escape jail altogether.

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dreamstime_xs_46010876Angry Driver Agitated When Victim Drove Slower Speed Limit

Police are looking for a driver who fired shots in a Grand Prairie school zone in a frightening road rage incident on Friday. Fortunately nobody was hurt, but the thought of somebody firing a weapon at another car any where, let alone in a school zone is scary.

A man drove through the school zone and slowed to 20 mph as the law requires. But his slow pace angered the driver behind him who became aggressive.

The angry man pulled along the first driver and pulled out a handgun. As the innocent man sped off, he heard the shot moments before his back passenger window shattered.

What is going on out there?

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A Fort Worth woman was shockingly shot to death Wednesday night on Interstate 30 in Arlington. The killer, who had been swerving in and out of traffic, drove away.

UPDATED 2/3/16 – Police announced they have arrested a suspect in this shooting.

A Denton college student, a “designated driver” driving her sorority sisters home after a New Yeas Eve party, was shot dead after a Lexus LUV filled with five males opened fire. They have not been caught.

Recent videos of road rage incidents like this one from Dallas, Austin, and Houston have gone viral. 

This is truly frightening.

We have too many crazy drivers on our roads. People cut off other vehicles for sport. Drivers race down highways, weave in and out of traffic, tailgate, and even shoot their guns at other drivers. 

What to Do if You Encounter a Road Raging Driver 

If you see one of these dangerous and immature people, steer clear. Change lanes, slow down, and even pull off the road if necessary.  Never try to challenge or reprimand him (yes, they are usually male). 

Report the driver to the police, giving a description of the road, direction of travel, and make and model and license plate of the offender.

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