Road rage appears to be on the increase in Denmark, with swearing, nasty
names, wayward fingers and even physical violence increasingly the order of
the day, according to a survey by Politiken Research, FDM and the Danish
A total of 1,412 people in the Greater Copenhagen Area answered the survey on
road rage – 25 per cent of whom drove cars and the rest bicycles.
Of these, 37 per cent said road rage has increased over the past five years,
with only three per cent saying it had decreased.
Twenty-eight per cent said they had been subjected to road rage at least once
in the preceding couple of months, either in the form of aggressive
shouting, being given the finger, targets of threatening behaviour, being
hit or having had their vehicle slammed.
The Danish Cycling Federation’s traffic researcher says that one reason, for
the increase could be the increasing number of cyclists in the capital
region. Crushes, overtaking, pushing and shoving all increase the risk of
“People have short fuses when they are under pressure,” says Anette Jerup
Although there are no actual statistics on road rage, a couple of years ago
the Station Amager police station counted how many cases of violence on
their beat had started as road rage. The result was 75 per cent.
“Our feeling is that people have become a little more pig-headed in traffic. I
have noted, for example, how wars are fought by some motorists on
motorways,” says Dep. Ass. Commissioner of the National Police Traffic
Department Jørn Pakula Andresen.
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