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Women More Prone To Road Rage, New Study Finds

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A new study finds women are more likely to act out when stressed behind the wheel.

Of the nearly 4,000 drivers polled nationwide, 58 percent said they experience rage while commuting and it's women who are more likely to fly off the handle.

1010 WINS' John Montone reports


The study found 61 percent of women admit feeling road rage compared to only 56 percent of men.

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Age is another factor.

It found that about 68 percent of respondents between 25 and 34-years-old were the most likely to get angry behind the wheel while 47 percent of those 55 and older are least likely.

New York State Police call someone with road rage as an aggressive driver who: "operates a motor vehicle in a selfish, bold or pushy manner without regard for the rights or safety of the other users of the streets and highways."

Only 9 percent of those surveyed said their rage has turned into an actual fight.

Earlier this year, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a road rage bill into law in an effort to strengthen penalties for road rage incidents in the Garden State.

Under the revised statute, aggressive drivers who cause injuries could be sentenced to as much as five years in jail and fined $15,000 — the same penalties for those who cause injuries while driving drunk.

The study was sponsored by and conducted by Harris Interactive between May 14 and June 4.

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