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View Poll Results: How well did the police follow up?
Extremely thoroughly 1 3.70%
Somewhat thoroughly 1 3.70%
They did very little 7 25.93%
Don't know / never heard anything 9 33.33%
They did nothing 6 22.22%
Other 3 11.11%
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Old 04-01-09, 08:32 PM   #1
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Reporting Motorists To The Police

Have you ever reported a motorist to the police for a non-collision incident where you felt you were put in danger in some way? If your answer is yes, how well did the police follow up?

Did you give them a plate number, photo or video?
Did they contact the motorist?
Did they get back to you?
Was any legal action taken because of the report?

Please include location, and / or size of the town were the report occurred.
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Old 04-01-09, 08:37 PM   #2
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same car 2 days in a row on a normal ride i do decided it would be fun to honk and hell at me along with passing very close. Called the police on day 2 gave the tag number and road I was on, told them it was the second time with the same car. Never heard back from police and haven't seen the car again thank god
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Old 04-01-09, 09:03 PM   #3
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teenager sitting on the windowsill of a car to punch me as I'm climbing a large hill. I call the cops, they go nuts. They tracked down the car, multiple followup calls, the whole works
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Old 04-01-09, 10:37 PM   #4
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I've called the SO a few times about an intersection by my house and atleast twice about deputy behavior.

One guy was apparently not local but FDLE.

Before I found all the laws... I was run off a residential street in front of a deputy, who was going the other direction while talking on his cell. I tried to talk to him, but he couldn't be bothered to take the phone from his ear.

The Lt I talked to towed the "thin blue line" and never followed up with me, but did give me the third degree, asking over and again "what do you want out of this"....

got distracted by verizon....

Point being, I have felt like the cliche **** victim having to prove my innocence before being able to show someone elses guilt.

Hold your own, its no longer "serve and protect," but "control and intimidate."
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Old 04-01-09, 10:51 PM   #5
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I have never called the police to report a motorist... yet.

I do have to say that it isn't their job to arrest someone just because someone else says they did something wrong. I wouldn't expect them to arrest me just because someone said I did something wrong. Now if you have a witness or two that's a different story. A video of someone doing something wrong is worth more than a thousand words.
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Old 04-01-09, 11:11 PM   #6
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I've reported one incident to the police, and it's all my fault they did nothing. About a year ago, a driver intentionally swerved in front of me and slammed on his brakes, which resulted in a collision, during which I flew over his hood. After the collision, the driver rolled down his window, called me a "bike ***," and suggested I stay off the road from now on. Surprisingly, both I and my bike were only lightly damaged, so I chased the driver and caught up with him at a traffic light a few blocks away. At the time, I was so enraged it never occurred to me to look at his license plate; instead, I pounded on his car, and asked him to exit his vehicle so I could beat him to death with the U lock I was brandishing. Of course, he laughed at me and drove away. When I reported this to the police, they were surprisingly sympathetic, but pointed out that, without a plate number, they couldn't really do much.
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Old 04-02-09, 10:46 AM   #7
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Redmond PD wouldn't do anything about a case of credit card fraud when I showed them shipping receipt evidence that the guy who stole my card number lived in my old apartment right next to the police station.
I called the King County Aggressive Driver report line once and here's how the conversation went:

me - "I want to report a driver who just attempted to run my vehicle off the road. I know his license plate, and there is a currently open case with the sheriff's department against this individual regarding previous harassment."

operator - "We can see if an officer is in the vicinity, but without an officer observing the incedent, we can't file a report."

me - "Is there any reason for having this number, then?" *hangup*


I don't have any mythic visions of the RPD or King Co. officers tracking down a driver even if there was video evidence of the person intentionally running over (and backing up just to be sure) a group of cyclists and joggers with baby strollers.
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Old 04-02-09, 10:51 AM   #8
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the local police have a self-defeating public service announcement on the local radio stations. The LEO goes on for a while about how they are going to step up enforcement of against aggressive driving. Sounds good. But then he says "so if we catch you speeding or running red lights and stop signs, expect a ticket." I pretty much expected a ticket for those things, and that isn't aggressive driving.
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Old 04-02-09, 11:56 AM   #9
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Yeah, guy gets mad at a girl in our group riding several riders behind me. He pulls alongside (I was in the lead) and starts complaining. I listen while pedaling along for a bit, but he keeps it up and is pretty nasty. I finally state the obvious, we have a right to be on the road and he can just accept it. Guy lets fly another tirade and I tell him he can kiss my ass. He then screams you can't cuss me, swerves towards me trying to run me down and runs me off the road (I ended up in the ditch to avoid him. Cops come, guy lies, cops do nothing despite 12 cyclists behind me that saw the whole encounter. They say that his word is different, and they didn't have probable cause, as well as at least three other excuses in incorrectly quoting the law. No question, the cops were biased and looked for any way they could to side with the guy in the truck.
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One Friday morning, I had a motorist buzz me and I caught up to her at a gas station. I asked her to vacate the lane next time, she goes on about how I'm not a vehicle and the law is cr$p. I told her that I would report her. I took down the plate # and make and model of the SUV. Called local PD late that afternoon, got mixed around in trying to connect me to correct officer. I left a detailed message and got nowhere. Called back on Monday and asked why nobody had responded. Gave my description to one officer, got called back by another. I told them that I had a buddy in high school who wasn't contacted until after the second reckless driving complaint, so I expected about the same response. The next time she buzzes me, I've got my statement on record as to the previous issues.

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Old 04-02-09, 03:34 PM   #11
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I reported a vehicle had most of the plate number, vehicle description down to the stickers in the back window (it was an unusual vehicle), and a description of the driver. He buzzed me twice and later found out he had done the same to another cyclist in my neighborhood. Another vehicle I reported literally played "chicken" against me. Should have called 911 then, but wasn't thinking straight. SPD has a pretty good online reporting system, so all incidents were reported there. The officer in charge of the bike issues got back to me w/in a reasonable amount of time and comfirmed the incident was logged - but of course I didn't have enough info for any charges. They especially appreciated the plate number, even if it was partial at best. I consider it a pretty good response.
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Old 04-02-09, 03:46 PM   #12
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I had a lady really lose it on me for no apparent reason last year. She just pulled up next to me and started shouting "You're GOnna Get KILLED" and swerved at me. Completely Unprovoked. We didn't make contact because I was really paying attention and got out of the way. I came up next to her at the stop sign a couple hundred yards down the road and she starts in again, this time saying "What are you gonna do, Beat me up?". To which i simply stood directly in front of her car, pulled out my cell phone and called the cops. She threw it in reverse and went around me while I stood there and called 911 and read them her plate numbers.

911 asked if I was injured, and then asked me to wait for an officer. Which I did. The officer was a nice enough dude and was sympathetic, but nothing else came of the incident. Its a smallish NJ town, probably 10,000 people maybe a dozen or so cops.
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Old 04-02-09, 05:09 PM   #13
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Motorist buzzed me deliberately in large truck.
Motorist yelled profanity while doing so.
Motorist uttered death threats in response to profanity-free rebuttal by me.
Motorist followed me off main road.
Motorist partly exited truck to utter threats of bodily harm.
Police were given written details of incident and Tag#.
Police declined to follow up.

It happens. I have way more incidents when I drive, and I don't drive much.
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Old 04-02-09, 05:15 PM   #14
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have way more incidents when I drive, and I don't drive much.
BTW, as I was hitting send on this post I heard an engine reving and saw smoke drifting by my 4th-floor window. I looked out to see a guy in a Porsche convertible stopped on the road giving the finger to a BMW in the office parking lot.

No idea what just happened, but the timing was a bit humorous.
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Old 04-02-09, 05:26 PM   #15
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Lots of interesting responses so far.
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Got hit by a guy who run a stop sign last July HIT AND RUN ! I got his plate number he did turn himself in BUT they never gave him a ticket for NUTEN not even leaving the scene !! BUT His insurance Co did pay for my bike and cell ph . Cops did ok but he should a gotten a ticket atleast 2 IMO anyway he got none .
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Old 04-02-09, 06:50 PM   #17
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Riding in on my way to work I hear a crash in the field next to me, I looked to see what it was but couldn't tell, then I saw a car drive away from me with its ligts off. While I continued riding I later thought maybe they were trying to throw something at me and missed. Well, on my home stretch road for work the same car threw a cup of something at me and drove off. This time I got the plate number and called the cops and asked if they would like for me to wait on the scene. They stated to go on to work and they would send a car by.

After a second phone call and an hour later a cop shows up. I tell him I have the licence plate number, and that the dispatcher told me to leave the cup where it was. Immedtiately he starts telling me that nothing can be done because their were multiple people in the vehicle and how far do I really want to take it. I responded that I wished to file a report. He took the information and I told him were the cup was so he can see. He left and that's the last I heard of the incident. I tried doing a lookup myself of the tag number but couldn't because the resource didn't have access to NYS DMV.

I atleast expected to see some kind of presence on my route, or maybe the driver to be cited for littering .
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Never reported it. It's road rage. I'd only be fooling myself if I truly thought cars and bikes were going to live in harmony. If I did report every incident, I'd be calling the police 3 times a week.
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Old 04-02-09, 08:09 PM   #19
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I've reported one incident to the police, and it's all my fault they did nothing. About a year ago, a driver intentionally swerved in front of me and slammed on his brakes, which resulted in a collision, during which I flew over his hood. After the collision, the driver rolled down his window, called me a "bike ***," and suggested I stay off the road from now on. Surprisingly, both I and my bike were only lightly damaged, so I chased the driver and caught up with him at a traffic light a few blocks away. At the time, I was so enraged it never occurred to me to look at his license plate; instead, I pounded on his car, and asked him to exit his vehicle so I could beat him to death with the U lock I was brandishing. Of course, he laughed at me and drove away. When I reported this to the police, they were surprisingly sympathetic, but pointed out that, without a plate number, they couldn't really do much.
Wow, now that's some control. If I were brandishing a U lock I'd have smashed it through their window in such an event. Hmm... not such a bad idea. Maybe better would be carrying nails or something to drop in front of their tires in such an event Take them off the road for a bit, make the world a safer place!
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A car turned left in front of me, sending me up on his roof. My bike was totaled, although I was uninjured. A police officer witnessed the crash, investigated, talking to both me and the driver. Eventually the officer asked the driver to touch his nose with his finger, walk a straight line, and then turn around while the officer applied handcuffs. I was given a ride home by the offficer's partner. I was later requested to testify at the driver's DUI trial
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