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Honda counters road rage attacks

HONDA is offering a personal attack warning system aimed at protecting fleet drivers from a road rage incident.

The system is designed as a 'first line of defence' against violent behaviour. It is activated by pressing a 'panic button' which sounds a 120 decibel siren and causes the hazard lights to flash. A loud voice message shouts: 'Help, driver under attack, call the police.'

Detective sergeant Ian Holt, crime reduction officer at Thames Valley Police, said: 'Honda's initiative will no doubt make a valuable contribution to making a more crime resistant and safer vehicle.

'The product will, hopefully, lead to a reduction in the number of motoring incidents that may have previously resulted in an assault and give vulnerable drivers valuable peace of mind. It will also help prevent a number of incidents whereby drivers, particularly of high value vehicles, may become a target of criminal attacks in order to steal their car.'

  • The RoadRage Personal Attack System retails for £150 fitted including VAT and is available from Honda dealers

    Thames Valley Police has issued these tips to beat road rage:

  • To avoid a potential incident do not argue with another driver if they are angered by a driving error
  • Acknowledge your mistake with a wave, or say sorry
  • Do not lose your temper
  • Returning verbal abuse or threatening gestures will only make things worse
  • If you are followed, make your way to a highly populated area, sound your horn and flash your lights to attract attention
  • Do not rise to any challenges
  • Drive within the speed limit and do not be distracted
  • Report any driving incidents to the police, giving as much information as possible
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