From the Sunday Times of January 24, 2010, p.7:
By Corienne Louw
|SMASHING IDEA: A South African website urges drivers to SMS their
complaints instead of succumbing to road rage
Picture: GALLO/GETTY IMAGE
Instead of bursting an artery, South African motorists are using a new SMS service to vent their road rage.
But the website, rager.co.za, started by Johannesburg brothers Michael and Steven Edwards, has been met with mixed reaction by road traffic officials and experts, one of whom has dismissed it as a "vigilante" initiative.
The brothers launched Rager late last year following their own road rage experiences. Research has shown that half of all South African road users experienced aggressive and threatening driving behaviour.
Rager advises motorists to report drivers who appear to be "some self-absorbed punter driving like a Cape Point baboon on tik".
For R2, the offender's licence-plate number and a summary of the offence should be SMSed to the site's number, and the complaint will be posted online.
And those reporting bad driving will be informed, via SMS, how often the subject of their anger has enraged others.