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    Sweet justice.

    Today I was on an early morning ride on a route used by hundreds of road cyclists. Two lane road with an 8-10 ft breakdown lane where the cyclists ride. One lane had been closed off because of a triathalon.

    Going down a tall bridge, just in front of me was a group of cyclists in the breakdown lane. They were going fast and were keeping up with traffic, which was moderate but slow because cars only had one lane.

    A road thug, driving a Ford Gargantua, not going any faster than the cyclists because of traffic, gets less than six inches from a guy who is completely to the right of the white line demarcating the breakdown lane from the traffic lane, and then lays on his air horn. You know, the type that trains have and for some reason are a big thing here is Miami, Fl. The cyclists are startled, of course.

    I felt like getting some payback so right at the bottom of the hill, I go up to a cop who is directing traffic for the tri and tell him what happened. He radios up to another group of cops and they say they will pull him over. I ride up less than two miles and sure enough, they have him pulled over and are writing him a ticket for the illegal air horn.

    That felt good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by San Rensho View Post
    Today I was on an early morning ride on a route used by hundreds of road cyclists. Two lane road with an 8-10 ft breakdown lane where the cyclists ride. One lane had been closed off because of a triathalon.

    Going down a tall bridge, just in front of me was a group of cyclists in the breakdown lane. They were going fast and were keeping up with traffic, which was moderate but slow because cars only had one lane.

    A road thug, driving a Ford Gargantua, not going any faster than the cyclists because of traffic, gets less than six inches from a guy who is completely to the right of the white line demarcating the breakdown lane from the traffic lane, and then lays on his air horn. You know, the type that trains have and for some reason are a big thing here is Miami, Fl. The cyclists are startled, of course.

    I felt like getting some payback so right at the bottom of the hill, I go up to a cop who is directing traffic for the tri and tell him what happened. He radios up to another group of cops and they say they will pull him over. I ride up less than two miles and sure enough, they have him pulled over and are writing him a ticket for the illegal air horn.

    That felt good.
    Good job hopes the idiot got a huge fine.

    Hmm wonder if your laws are sim to ohios with regards to construction and events etc where fines are doubled.

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    That is sweet.

    Hopefully a long line of cyclists smiled as they rode past.

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    Nice, San Rensho


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    Quote Originally Posted by San Rensho View Post
    A road thug
    I like the way you put that-- that's exactly what they are. It should become a part of the lexicon-- might shame some people into behaving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nova View Post
    Good job hopes the idiot got a huge fine.

    Hmm wonder if your laws are sim to ohios with regards to construction and events etc where fines are doubled.
    its like that in BC Canada, all fines are doubled if they occur in a construction zone or in or along a event route.
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    If he was dumb enough to tell the police he was trying to scare the cyclist, it could be a very bad ticket as far as fine and insurance goes.
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    Nice, I was so afraid this was going in another direction after "I felt like getting some payback..."

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    The nice thing is if the guy gets pulled over again and the equipment violation isn't fixed, things could get worse.

    This makes up for a rare problem I experienced on Sunday. I was descending a steep hill at almost 40mph, and some nitwits in a subcompact that was supposed to look souped up passed close while laying on the horn. We were just about to enter a series of turns with speed limits of 25mph and 20mph respectably, and neither one of us had the slightest chance of navigating them over 35.

    Normally I don't mind getting buzzed too much, but at high speeds, it's very dangerous. I didn't have the presence of mind to remember the plate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    The nice thing is if the guy gets pulled over again and the equipment violation isn't fixed, things could get worse.

    This makes up for a rare problem I experienced on Sunday. I was descending a steep hill at almost 40mph, and some nitwits in a subcompact that was supposed to look souped up passed close while laying on the horn. We were just about to enter a series of turns with speed limits of 25mph and 20mph respectably, and neither one of us had the slightest chance of navigating them over 35.

    Normally I don't mind getting buzzed too much, but at high speeds, it's very dangerous. I didn't have the presence of mind to remember the plate.
    You know, in a case like that, you hope the idiot is so bent on "getting past the bikes" that they overlook the tight turns ahead and are rewarded "Instant Karma."

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    So the police wrote a ticket for something they didn't witness???
    Did they take your info down?
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    Quote Originally Posted by littlewaywelt View Post
    So the police wrote a ticket for something they didn't witness???
    Did they take your info down?
    They probably verified the truck had the illegal horn, and wrote him a ticket for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helmet Head View Post
    They probably verified the truck had the illegal horn, and wrote him a ticket for that.
    Exactly. I tried to see if the cop would write him a ticket for assault, but he was pretty busy doing traffic control so I didn't push it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    You know, in a case like that, you hope the idiot is so bent on "getting past the bikes" that they overlook the tight turns ahead and are rewarded "Instant Karma."
    {said to the tone of Homer and donuts**

    Mmmmmm, karma ...

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    I was happy to see a revenge thread that involved calling the police and watching a ticket being written instead of kicking a car, spitting, or using a U-lock. Nice work.

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