MEDIA ADVISORY
From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van De Putte, District 26

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2001
Contact: Gilbert Loredo
Legislative Director
512/463-0126

MEDIA ADVISORY

Austin, TX -- On Tuesday, February 27, State Senator Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio, District 26, filed SB 977 "relating to creation of the offense of driving in an aggressive manner."

This bill addresses what is more commonly referred to as "road rage." According to SB 977, several actions constitute prosecutable aggressive driving. These include driving one's vehicle "in a manner in violation of law with intent to harass, annoy, or alarm an occupant of another vehicle." Penalties for aggressive driving will range from a Class B Misdemeanor to a second degree felony if serious bodily injury or death results.

"It is my hope that this bill will help eliminate further tragedies like that of Mark Anthony Roman. The Roman family has been very helpful in bringing this issue of road rage and its consequences to the forefront," said Van de Putte.

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