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TELL US: Which North Shore Community Has the Worst Road Rage?

We want to know where you've spotted troubles on the road.

Whether you're commuting, running some errands or on a Sunday drive enjoying all our region has to offer, we're sure you've experienced it or at least seen it — road rage. 

It's often in police logs, and you've probably had a few choice words yourself when you've been cut off or seen someone on the cell phone.

North Shore residents, we want to know — which community has the worst road rage problem? Where are the worst spots when it comes to driving?

Tell us in the comments.

Remember to keep it clean. If you violate our terms of use (check it out here) your comment will be deleted and your account may be suspended. If you have the urge to use profanity, an asterisk "*" will not suffice. Please find another way to make your point so we can keep the forum a place where all are comfortable sharing and conversing about our communities.

Pat September 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Danvers Rt 128/62! That new construction is a disaster!
June Sparks September 26, 2012 at 01:01 PM
It didn't take long for me to come up with that answer . . . LAWRENCE! Every time I drive through that city I am witness to some manner of poor driving habits. I often wonder why the Police don't crack down on those drivers, but I'm guessing it is because they have more important things to worry about.
Brian Dapice September 26, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Peabody. Easily. Beverly can be tight on Rantoul & Cabot Streets, Danvers just has the downtown four corners that get congested and Salem with all of the foot traffic is virtually a parking lot. Peabody is a complete utter nightmare. So many streets dump onto Lowell & Main Streets it is ridiculous and Route 114 toward Pulaski & Central Streets at times is like the Autobahn.
Dan Flapjacks September 26, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Marblehead for sure. People are either drunk driving, or are road raging because they want to be drunk driving and are trying to get to the bar/package store.
Johnny D September 26, 2012 at 05:05 PM
It appears that the Patch has been commissioned to do the "leg work" for the local police departments. First an article on the "most ignored stop signs," and now this??? C'mon now.....something smells a little fishy here. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw increased enforcement in these areas in the near future....which isn't necessarily a bad thing...but seems a tad bit disingenuous.
adrienne September 26, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I've been a Salem resident for 15 years. While I am sick of the road-ragers honking their horns and passing me on the right (Yes! illegal passing) each & every day whether it is either LaFayette St. or Canal St. heading away from downtown.... must be students late for class...ha! :), there was nothing worse than the drivers in Marblehead where I lived for a year. Rudest drivers ever!
Antoine M. Boisvert September 26, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I know a lot of people don't like the new lights at the intersection of Derby, Congress, and Hawthorne Boulevard, but the road rage that used to result from the eight-way game of legalized chicken that took place there was a wonder to behold. I'm not sure there is anything left around here that can quite rival it.
Bridget Russo September 26, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Coming off the Nahant/Lynn rotary onto Lynnshore drive. If you are not in the right (directional right) lane while on the rotary you have to merge to the right to be able to keep on Lynn shore drive. Many just stay to the left then merge at the Nahant street light like they own the place. I don't go that way anymore because it always ruined my day.
Butch H. September 26, 2012 at 07:33 PM
The rotary that connects Lyhn to Revere. The one with exits for the marsh road, squire road or towards the airport. That has to be one of the worst places to drive in the entire state. I feel lucky that I have lived to talk about it!
Antoine M. Boisvert September 26, 2012 at 07:49 PM
ooh, yeah. Butch is right. I don't go that way very often, but that one is rough. The Lynn Shore/Nahant interchange is also a doozy, no doubt about it.
Antoine M. Boisvert September 26, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Dan, you are supposed to describe places where you have seen incidents of road rage, not display it yourself.
David Arsenault September 26, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Depends on where the person with the imbalance is driving, then you have the controll freaks tailgating,making gesters&blowing their horn. Suddenly the person/the imbalance gets out confronts the controll freak&there's a prob. Best if everyone kept their following dist.& there wouldn't be any RR. By the way this is the same everywhere, better asked what time of day does the worst RR happen.
cwh September 26, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I think it would be a great thing! All these areas described could use some more traffic enforcement.
Butch H. September 26, 2012 at 08:57 PM
You can't deny that there are certain "hotspots" that create stressful situations, which in turn cause frustration and ultimately road rage. Look at that mess on 128 in beverly (near the 62 exit)...my blood pressure goes up just thinking about driving there. I would venture to say that, for example, more road rage occurs in downtown salem then in witchcraft heights (regardless of the time fo day). Counterintuitive road signs also play a large part in the frustration...just drive through the industrial park in South Peabody (morning or night). The people who are "logically" supposed to yield instead have the right of way, yet still feel like they need to yield and hesitate causing a major clusteryouknowwhat. People who have "established" the road should have the right of way!!! In conclusion, no, road rage is NOT "the same everywhere."
Johnny D September 26, 2012 at 09:10 PM
While I agree it may be a good thing, I still can't help but think the Patch is being a little sneaky. If that is in fact what they are doing, why not just call it a "tip page?"
David Arsenault September 26, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Your naming specific spots in different towns the artical is asking what town, IMO same in every town, (everywhere). Time is important I used to drive the entire stretch of 128 from Lynn to Sharon MA. Time of day matters believe me. I agree on your yield rule, especially near the town hall Salem. I've seen morons completely blocking off the street to come to a stop behind a line of cars that weren't moving.
John Castelluccio (Editor) September 26, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Johnny, if we were gathering information for the police, we would have told you that up front. Whether or not local departments choose to act on what people say here is up to them.
Johnny D September 26, 2012 at 10:15 PM
I appreciate your response John. Thank you for clearing that up.
Sean Ward September 26, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Danvers stepped up a couple rungs on the road rage ladder since the new 128/62 ramps opened up. I'm personally so ticked off by this that I stopped using the highway to keep my blood pressure down.
Antoine M. Boisvert September 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM
David and Butch each have a point. Yes, there are "hotspots" bottlenecks that are prone to backing up or being difficult to navigate. But everything depends on time of day. If there is no traffic, there is no tension. The places where traffic tends to build up first tend to be the worst, most chronic, sites for road rage. For instance, why anyone who doesn't have actual business on (or just off) of Washington Street in Salem would ever drive there during daylight hours is beyond me, unless they come from out of town. And Sean, it isn't as if the old 128/62 ramps were a non-road rage peace picnic.
Donna September 27, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Rte 114 from Chandlers to Wilson Square ! Everyone stays in the left hand lane, then tries to cut in the right hand lane @ the last minute ! I have had more near misses than I can count from these people !
Dan Flapjacks September 27, 2012 at 07:10 PM
That doesn't make sense Antoine
Antoine M. Boisvert September 27, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Well, let me make myself clearer, Mr Flapjacks. I tried flagging your comment as inappropriate, but the powers that be didn't bite. However, I do feel that slurring an entire community as a bunch of drunk-drivers, or would-be drunk drivers, doesn't seem to be in the real spirit of the question being asked. I am sure you were just trying to funny; but what you succeeded in was being insulting. And isn't that what road rage is really all about: feeling disrespected and abused by other drivers?

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