Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Royse City
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Cyclist vs DART cop
This happend on my ride home tonight. As I was leaving work headed for the West End station, I was at the intersection of Industrial and Howell, stooped at a red light. The light turns green and I cross Industrial headed towards Dragon( I do this to avoid Industrial at all costs) when I get halfway across I notice a DART squad car coming from the right, slowing and turning right at the same time. He did NOT look my way to clear traffic nor did he even come to a complete stop
I had to slow down as he rolled out in front of me. Even if I do have a green light as I approach an intersection, I do ease up and clear left then right just to be sure, but I probably would have had a collision if I was not stopped at the light. I just expected better from a cop.
So I am raising my arms in the "what gives, palms up" position and yelling at the cop, knowing full well he can see me in his rear view. I am not being belligerent or cusing, just yelling. He stops at the next stop sign(guess he does know what that red means) and waves me along side. As I come up on him, I yell at him " That is what gets us cyclist killed!!!" He hold his hand up and asks if I can take an apology. So I calm down a bit and he does apologize and I accept but also lecture him a bit
and finally go on my way.
I wasnt worried about him turning on me and running me through or somesuch, because he is just a DART cop who couldnt issue me a jaywalking ticket outside of DART property. It was just a knuckleheaded move on his part to blow through a red light. It gave me a good boost of adrenaline for the rest of the ride though.