Originally Posted by San Rensho
Why do cars try to kill us?
Cars never try to kill us. Drivers do, though.
Call police. Follow up.
Inadequate response? Deal with your local cycling advocacy organization to meet with the police to sort it out. Go prepared with rationales.
Inadequate response? Media.
And never underestimate the power of a civil lawsuit.
I, myself, don't hand things over to the police anymore and expect that it'll be handled.
When I was younger, while working with the Canadian federal department of Fisheries and Oceans, I was literally held captive by a drunk skipper of a fishing boat. (Warning--long post ahead)
After I requested to be let off on the shore, he physically threatened me ("stay on the boat or I'll kill you"). The reason? He'd objected to being held to the terms of his contract, which included having personal flotation devices for each person aboard the boat (i.e., none for me), and following scientific protocol for taking biological samples (the whole purpose of our being out there). Oh, did I mention the kerosene-soaked cabin floor from the heating stove?
He ended up running the boat aground. He finally backed it off the shore, then headed for the open water off the west coast of British Columbia.
He headed it out for the open water, after putting down the stabilizers and nearly going overboard in the process. After a while, he went below decks, where he passed out. I piloted the 38' troller for several hours, bringing it back to shore in gale force winds, having called the Coast Guard.
I had taken photos of the cabin, strewn with debris from the collision, with him still lolling in the pilot's seat.
Hours later, the Coast Guard and RCMP boarded and found him and the deckhand passed out, clearly inebriated.
I'd had seven years of experience in the field at that point and had never had anything like this happen to me. I asked to press charges against the skipper (unlawful confinement, threatening assault, etc.), but the RCMP officer said it would all be taken care of. I submitted the film of the occurrence to the officer
The skipper got a 24-hour dockside suspension and his vessel's license (a very costly item) was revoked...from the end of that year's season until the beginning of the next.
In other words, he got to sleep it off.
Civil suits are underrated and often overlooked.
P.S. I have a raft of examples from my and others' experience with traffic incidents where allowing the authorities to 'deal with the situation' led to nothing (if one calls a perpetrator laughing at having been called on their transgressions, with no repercussions, 'nothing').