It’s getting hot in Canada — and as the mercury rises, so too are tempers flaring on the road. With more traffic over the holidays and long weekends, there is no shortage of road rage incidents across the country. “There is an inherent increase in frustration while driving in the summer,” said Julie Christiansen, a registered psychotherapist in St.
Catherines, Ont., and author of The Rise of Rage. “It’s hot, people are tired. It’s taking longer to get to their desired destination.” A video circulating on social media earlier this month saw a man in Brampton, Ont., spit onto another driver’s face as he accused him of changing lanes.
The two men are heard hurling curse words and insults at each other in English and Punjabi. Last month, Quebec provincial police arrested two people after an alleged road rage incident in the Montreal suburb of St-Eustache, Que., that left two others seriously injured.
In another road rage incident in June in Wilmot, Ont., one man pulled out a gun and is facing a lengthy list of charges, according to Waterloo Regional Police.