May 10, 2024 - Technology

Road rage shootings, mapped

Choropleth map of U.S. states showing the average annual rate of road rage shooting incidents reported from 2014 to 2023. States in the South and Mountain West had a higher incidence rate than states in the Northeast and Great Plains. New Mexico had the highest average rate, at 2.7 incidents per million people, followed by Wisconsin and Tennessee at 1.9.
Data: The Trace via Gun Violence Archive; Map: Axios Visuals

Road rage shooting incidents have skyrocketed over the past decade, a new analysis finds, increasing from 83 nationally in 2014 to 456 in 2023 — a nearly 450% jump.

The big picture: The findings, from an analysis of Gun Violence Archive (GVA) data by gun violence newsroom The Trace, mirror a broader increase in gun-related violence.

Zoom in: New Mexico (2.65 average shooting incidents per million people between 2014-2023), Wisconsin (1.94) and Tennessee (1.91) are the country's road rage shooting hotspots.

  • Texas (1.81), Washington, D.C., (1.78) and Arizona (1.74) are not far behind.

Stunning stat: "The number of road rage shootings tracked by GVA increased by an average of 23% each year over the past decade," The Trace reports.

Caveat: The GVA is a private nonprofit that produces a range of gun violence estimates based on police reports, government data, news stories and more.

  • Some incidents go unreported, so not every relevant episode is captured.

Between the lines: As the number of guns in circulation continues growing and many states relax their gun control laws, it's possible that road rage incidents that otherwise would've been an exchange of middle fingers, colorful language or fists instead turn into shootouts.

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