JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A recent rash of shootings in Northeast Florida have been linked to road rage.
What is alarming to many, is not how many incidents, but the propensity of those involved to get violent even to the point of shooting a firearm.
The most recent incident happened on the Westside on Thursday night. It marked the third time in a week that a road-rage incident has escalated into a shooting.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, these are situations that can be avoided.
"I would imagine every situation can be handled in a much better manner, and that's really what we need to focus on," said Shannon Hartley of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Over the weekend, a cab driver was shot by a man who police say was upset the cabbie cut him off.
In St. Johns County, a Flagler County firefighter, Jared Parkey, is recovering after he was allegedly shot by a former Flagler Beach police officer in a suspected case of road rage.
St. Johns County deputies released the frantic 911 calls from Parkey's wife where you can hear her screaming for help.
In February in Duval County, an argument at a gas station on Dunn Avenue left one man dead.
Hartley says it's hard to say whether these road-rage cases are on the rise because the agency doesn't keep track.
"There is no statute, there is no law specifically designating in Florida road rage," said Hartley. He says it all comes down to being a conscientious driver.
"Understand that you're driving a vehicle which could potentially be dangerous to yourself and other people on the road. Whatever the situation is, it can't be that important," said Hartley.
According to Hartley, people who drive in an aggressive manner can face serious charges. For example, if you hit another vehicle on purpose you could face a charge of aggravated battery.
The JSO says if you find yourself in a possible road-rage situation, the best thing to do is not engage the other driver. If that doesn't work, call law enforcement.