A Place to Vent Your Road Rage

ByABC News
November 21, 2006, 5:06 AM

Nov. 21, 2006 — -- If some idiot cuts you off in traffic, you know exactly what to do -- make an obscene gesture, right?

Two young entrepreneurs from suburban Washington had bigger ideas. They set up a Web site, www.platewire.com, where you can vent your spleen to the whole world.

Just log in, post the license plate of the offender, and you get to call him or her a p--. Or an a--. Or perhaps a f--.

If the site grows large enough, they hope, it will help to shame reckless drivers into driving more politely.

"PlateWire was born out of frustration from years of driving alongside drivers who seem to have no concern with anyone's safety, including their own," wrote Mark Buckman and Luke Sevenski, stepbrothers who founded the site. "Report and flag bad drivers, award good drivers, and even flirt with cute drivers."

The Web site, they say, is not a substitute for the legal reporting of traffic infractions. They urge people to get in touch with police if they see something illegal.

Meanwhile, the PlateWire founders say they're getting up to 2,000 hits a day.

Some of the posts are rather matter-of-fact, such as this one from someone in San Bernardino, Calif., reporting a blue 1988 Chevy pickup truck:

"Became angry when I passed him. Followed me several miles. I made U turns, changed streets, etc. Remained highly aggressive and finally ran me off the road doing $1,000 damage to my car. Left the scene! Very dangerous aggressive driver."

Others were like this one, reporting a dark-blue sport utility vehicle near Upper Marlboro, Md.:

"This person has no regards to safety or even common sense. If you see this person avoid them, if you value your car or your life."

Do visitors feel better after they leave posts? Probably not, say many who have studied the phenomenon of road rage.

"Venting is not such a good idea," said Leon James, a psychologist at the University of Hawaii who is co-author of a book called "Road Rage and Aggressive Driving."