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    report to police or not report

    In the last year I have used my Go Pro on almost every ride I go on. I have caught on camera some really stupid and reckless driving by cars that endangered my life and was against CA vehicle code. I havent been hit though and I havent gotten into any accidents or been injured.

    Today I had yet another example of what I think we all experience as cyclists. I am riding along and a car comes up from behind and makes a very sharp right turn in front of me, cutting me and almost hitting me and causing me to grab my brakes hard.

    I am really sick of it.

    This is also a violation of CA vehicle code.

    Well, in looking at my videos I see that in a few of them the license plates are clearly visible.

    Would you report them to the police ?

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    Had what you described happen to me too. I would be VERY tempted to report them. But would the police actually do something? And what overall repercussions might there be? Anger from this jerk driver toward cyclists and even worse driving behavior causing more dangerous situations?
    Move along....nothing to see here....anymore.

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    Yes. I would report it. Also post it on YouTube.
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    If I lived alone, I'd report it. If living with family members, I'd be concerned about repercussions.

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    Theoretically, you probably SHOULD report it. You could save somebody's life. As a practical matter, though, it would do no good here (and I'm sure none in California, which has even worse budget problems than we do). Police departments are swamped, cut to the marrow, and can't even deal with major issues the way they should. In many cities they no longer go to non-injury car crashes, you drop by the station and fill out a report. For awhile we had a 24-hour wait on burglaries, too. If the thief isn't still in the house, a cop will drop by tomorrow. They're not going to chase down somebody who pissed off a cyclist.

    WARNING, by the way: A month or so ago somebody tapped my fender in a parking lot. Tiny dent in an old pickup; I didn't care. We discussed it and decided to let it go. On the way home, though, I thought about it and decided to go by the police station to file a report, not to get the truck fixed but just so there would be something on record. When I walked in, the other driver was there reporting a "hit and run" with my license number. If I hadn't had a witness with me, who knows where that might have ended?

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    I'd report it if the license plate is legible.
    The driver may have a history of similar incidents or road rage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Dog View Post
    Theoretically, you probably SHOULD report it. You could save somebody's life. As a practical matter, though, it would do no good here (and I'm sure none in California, which has even worse budget problems than we do). Police departments are swamped, cut to the marrow, and can't even deal with major issues the way they should. In many cities they no longer go to non-injury car crashes, you drop by the station and fill out a report. For awhile we had a 24-hour wait on burglaries, too. If the thief isn't still in the house, a cop will drop by tomorrow. They're not going to chase down somebody who pissed off a cyclist.

    WARNING, by the way: A month or so ago somebody tapped my fender in a parking lot. Tiny dent in an old pickup; I didn't care. We discussed it and decided to let it go. On the way home, though, I thought about it and decided to go by the police station to file a report, not to get the truck fixed but just so there would be something on record. When I walked in, the other driver was there reporting a "hit and run" with my license number. If I hadn't had a witness with me, who knows where that might have ended?
    Dayammm!

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    I am in the camp of those saying report it. It might save someone's life down the road.
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    What you may find is that if you verbally report it to the police they will say "There's not much we can do". A better idea is to type a formal letter and in addition to indicate on the letter that you are sending a copy to your local politician.

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    post up dude.

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    To the OP, I pick and choose my battles, for me, it's not right hooks since most motorist telegraph their punches, but it may be your choice. My choice of battle is high speed close passes, with only two motorists being reported in over a years time. I tend to my save efforts in calling local authorities so as not to have them grow apathetic with any of my reportings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Yes. I would report it. Also post it on YouTube.

    THIS.
    And then link it to every local forum in your area (your local news station/newspaper/etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 009jim View Post
    What you may find is that if you verbally report it to the police they will say "There's not much we can do".........

    When you give local law enforce very detailed description of the vehicle, vehicle license number, and better yet, a detailed description of the motorist........I have yet to hear that statement. What I have heard the dispatcher say is that they will turn my information over to one of the traffic division officers, and if anything, the incident/motorist and their vehicle were documented in case another incident has occurred in the past or may occur in the future.

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