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Chinese ministry says China has 17M road rage case in 2015, as viral videos attest

China is the world's largest vehicle market, and possibly one of the world's most dangerous, if the latest figures are any indication.

Even before 2015 is out, Chinese traffic police have handled more than 17 million cases of road rage, a 2.8 percent increase from a year ago.

The statistics were released by the country's Ministry of Public Security on Wednesday, which was also China's National Traffic Safety Day.

Men account for 97 percent of road rage cases in the country with a population of 1.4 billion, said the ministry.

Videos of dangerous driving proliferate on Chinese social media, with arbitrary lane changes and risky overtaking rife.

Clips of road rage are also not uncommon.

In May this year, a viral video of a male driver intercepting a woman's car before dragging her out of her seat and savagely beating her shocked the nation.

He later told the police that the female driver was driving dangerously.

With 276 million vehicles on the road, Chinese authorities have embarked on road etiquette campaigns advocating safe driving.

The public education has yielded some positive results, with accidents involving drunk drivers falling by a quarter over the past four years, said the ministry.

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