A heated traffic incident was caught on camera and the video is rapidly circulating online.
The video was taken Wednesday afternoon in Moanalua.
Ryan Arakaki says he was on Radford Drive trying to make a right turn, but the driver of a van wasn’t paying attention, so he decided to move around her.
Arakaki was recording as the woman then crossed in and out of the oncoming lane of traffic, trying to catch up to him, yelling and screaming with a young child in her car.
He says the woman followed him all the way to Moanalua Shopping Center.
“She tried to ram her car into me or intimidate me. She actually would have probably hit me if I didn’t veer out of the way,” Arakaki said.
At one point in the video, the woman gets out of her vehicle and confronts Arakaki.
“I think was trying to whack the phone out of my hand. But yeah, she reached into my vehicle, hit my hand and on the video, you can see my hand jerk back,” Arakaki said.
“It’s very much a mental issue because someone who can’t control their anger, especially when it can harm other people, is a very dangerous thing,” said Dr. Deborah Kissinger, a psychiatry professor at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine.
So what should you do if this happens to you?
“It can be very scary and the first thing you want to do is go faster and get away. The most important thing is to secure your own safety by calming yourself down,” Kissinger said.
Kissinger says you can also drive away and go to the nearest police or fire station.
AAA Hawaii also offers the following tips:
Be polite. When you come across a driver who deliberately inconveniences you, don’t react. Taking the bait and responding in kind serves only to escalate the conflict.
Leave early. If traffic bothers you, either accept that you can’t change it or alter your schedule or route to avoid it. Leaving earlier or later often lets you bypass heavy traffic. Plan longer trips so you won’t drive through crowded cities during rush hour.
Don’t tailgate. Impatient drivers often tailgate to get the driver in front to go faster. Don’t do it. You risk a rear-end collision.
Let tailgaters pass. To be safe, let tailgaters pass. Enraged motorists tend to direct their rage at the driver in front of them.
Signal your intentions. Use directional signals and check your mirrors before changing direction or lanes: Many road-rage incidents start when one driver cuts off another.
Don’t gesture. Obscene gestures have gotten people shot, stabled, or beaten. A gesture need not be obscene to elicit a hostile response from another driver.