Road rage in Colorado has become a big issue in recent
Martha Badgley, a desk officer with Fort Collins Police
Services, said road rage is more common than it used to be.
Badgley said the Colorado State Patrol produced a hotline
specifically for road rage. A person being harassed by a road rager
can call the hotline on their cell phone and give details on the
person harassing them.
To report a road rager situation, dial *227 on a cell phone or
call 303-239-4501 to report an aggressive driver.
Jeanne Helgeson, police communications officer for the Colorado
State Patrol, said the hotline has been in service since about
The information reported to the Colorado State Patrol is stored
in a computer file. If the case is serious, a patrolman will be
If a person’s name is reported three times, the road rager will
receive a warning. If the person’s name were to be reported again,
further actions would be taken.
“It’s been effective as far as making people aware, because they
know they could get called in,” she said.
Helgeson said road ragers have become more violent than in
Capt. Bob Chaffee of the CSU Police Department said he’s seen an
increase in road rage in the past few years.
Most cases on campus are conflicts over parking spaces, usually
resulting in a shouting match, Chaffee said.
“People are less forgiving over minor indiscretions,” he
Amy Garrison, a Loveland resident, said road rage would be a
smaller problem if people were more aware of how they drove.
“People are always cutting me off or driving slow in the fast
lane,” Garrison said. “If people would learn how to drive, we
wouldn’t have a problem.”
Garrison stated on a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the worst
degree of road rage, she’s about a seven. She said she’s followed
people before, but it never resulted is serious conflict.
The FCPS doesn’t record the incidents as road rage, according to
“We treat different cases as assaults, disturbances, harassments
or vehicular assaults,” she said.
Cases with no physical abuse to another driver are considered a
disturbance or harassment. A case where one driver physically hurts
another driver is assault and a case where a driver causes damage
to another driver’s vehicle is considered vehicular assault.