A court in Qatar has found a female expat driver guilty of assaulting another motorist and has fined her QR5,000, Al Sharq reports.
The woman’s car has been impounded for two months and her license revoked, the newspaper adds. According to the report, the woman was driving “at a great speed” when she was forced to slow down due to traffic. She honked at the driver in front of her, but he had nowhere to go due to roundabout traffic.
Gulf News translates what happened next:
The motorist stepped out of her car and went to vehicle in front of her and started banging on the window and yelling. However the driver, an expatriate, ignored her and kept his windows rolled up. The motorist opened the door, slapped the driver and abused him verbally.
Attempts by other drivers and passersby to put an end to the aggression failed. The woman refused to return to her car and continued to assault the motorist.
Road rage is becoming more common in Qatar, as the population surges and traffic snarls grow.
In February, a woman in her thirties was reportedly rushed to the hospital after being set upon by four women in a row over a parking space in West Bay. The incident shocked some residents, but others insisted anger is a common reaction amongst drivers in Qatar.
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