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fordfasterr 01-04-07 08:22 AM

buzzed, caught driver, took pics, called cops !
 
I was honked at by a cager, then about 3 seconds after he buzzed me with about 10 mm of space ...

He made a right turn, I followed at full speed ... he pulls into the gravel driveway of what appears to be his business.

I took out my cell phone and snapped 3 shots of the cage / tag & people.

I tried to talk to them, but all I got was "no wonder bikers get killed, your in the middle of the road ..etc .."

I made it to work and called the non emergency # and got a patrol car to come to my job. I spoke to the officer, gave him a print-out of the picture with the tag # written on it, I also explained what happend and gave him my phone # so he can call me back after he educates the driver on the 3 foot law. I asked the cop if he was aware of the new 3 foot law and he said yes and that he would explain it to them.

pics: (PS: the black male was the driver).

http://www.velocide.com/user_uploads/01-04-07_0753.jpg


http://www.velocide.com/user_uploads/01-04-07_0754.jpg


http://www.velocide.com/user_uploads/01-04-07_0755.jpg


Thanks for reading: :p

vtjim 01-04-07 08:58 AM

No stranger to the inside of a McDonald's, that one.

sbhikes 01-04-07 09:05 AM

Glad to hear the police will talk to him. Often they won't do anything unless they actually see it happen themselves.

fordfasterr 01-04-07 09:08 AM

Lucky for me I work in downtown, there is a good police presence here. They are typically very responsive to complaints or citizen issues.

This cager takes a similar route to work as I do, so it is likely that we will run into eachother again. I wanted the cop to know that I was concerned that this guy would possibly do this again.

I forgot to tell the cop that the guy said " next time I see you I'm not going to give you any room ! " ...

OOPS =(

Bekologist 01-04-07 09:11 AM

he verbally threatened you? I'd go icepick his tires some dark, stormy evening.

baiskeli 01-04-07 09:13 AM

This post reads like a 'How To' for handling such situations, In a calm and collected manner.

Good job:beer:

Let us know if and when the cop calls back

sbhikes 01-04-07 09:14 AM


Originally Posted by fordfasterr

I forgot to tell the cop that the guy said " next time I see you I'm not going to give you any room ! " ...

OOPS =(

Yeah, but the guy won't know you forgot once the cops show up to give him a lecture.

fordfasterr 01-04-07 09:14 AM

I was not so calm at the time, however I refrained from using any type of foul language.

I did yell out over and over " share the road, give cyclists 3 feet when passing " ...

=)

LittleBigMan 01-04-07 09:38 AM

hehe...I like the convenient location of the clock above the driver's head. It's also very convenient how people will step out of the car and pose for a shot. :D

I am The Edge 01-04-07 09:48 AM

i bet that car pulls to the right...a lot.

N_C 01-04-07 10:20 AM

What's with the stance the guy is standing? Was he ready to defend or attack or something? I also notice he still has his car door open as he is standing there. Looks like he was ready to come chase after you should you run or something.

What is with the lady's stance too? Arms opened out. Looks like she's saying we didn't do anything, don't know what you're talking about. Which is typical of most drivers.

fordfasterr 01-04-07 11:56 AM


Originally Posted by N_C
What's with the stance the guy is standing? Was he ready to defend or attack or something? I also notice he still has his car door open as he is standing there. Looks like he was ready to come chase after you should you run or something.

What is with the lady's stance too? Arms opened out. Looks like she's saying we didn't do anything, don't know what you're talking about. Which is typical of most drivers.


The guy was just walking. He looks like he works at the body shop, so he could very likely have a bad back from crouching down to sand cars all the time..

The lady was trying to convince me that I was a menace to myself.

" why were you on the road ? " ...

caloso 01-04-07 11:59 AM

Well played.

fordfasterr 01-04-07 12:29 PM

at no point did they realize that they were inches away from killing me with their car.

They were one block away from their destination when this happened....


Some people just don't realize how much potential damage their car can cause.

=(

timmhaan 01-04-07 12:32 PM


Originally Posted by fordfasterr
Some people just don't realize how much potential damage their car can do.

=(

but, i'm sure if you asked them, they would say they were in total control the whole time. what i don't understand is why NOT give someone a little room. seriously, in a car, the only thing you have to do is move the steering wheel one inch to the left. that's it. there is nothing more to it than that.

why is that too much to ask for?

i guess they feel the need to prove a point while driving.

TRaffic Jammer 01-04-07 12:34 PM

I swear...people that drive like that should be forced to commute for a month on a bike. Soon learn 'em, riding a mile in your shoes. And although she wasn't the driver a month on a bike might save her life.

timmhaan 01-04-07 12:39 PM


Originally Posted by TRaffic Jammer
And although she wasn't the driver a month on a bike might save her life.

+1. exactly. who is SHE to complain about someone cycling and enjoying a healthy way of life?

vtjim 01-04-07 12:40 PM


Originally Posted by timmhaan
seriously, in a car, the only thing you have to do is move the steering wheel one inch to the left. that's it. there is nothing more to it than that.

why is that too much to ask for?

Because that's even harder than flicking the turn signal lever with a finger, which is something else they're incapable of doing! :p We can't place too many physical demands on drivers, you know.

caloso 01-04-07 12:46 PM


Originally Posted by timmhaan
but, i'm sure if you asked them, they would say they were in total control the whole time. what i don't understand is why NOT give someone a little room. seriously, in a car, the only thing you have to do is move the steering wheel one inch to the left. that's it. there is nothing more to it than that.

why is that too much to ask for?

i guess they feel the need to prove a point while driving.

Don't you get it, you stupid uncager? That stripe of paint is WAY more important than a person on a bike! Duh.

timmhaan 01-04-07 12:55 PM

yep - white line is supreme. apparently. i did notice i was given a lot more room when a local road was repaved but the lines weren't painted yet. it was really nice for a time until those stupid lines were painted again. now, back to normal...constantly getting passed too closely. :(

Keith99 01-04-07 01:26 PM


Originally Posted by fordfasterr
Lucky for me I work in downtown, there is a good police presence here. They are typically very responsive to complaints or citizen issues.

This cager takes a similar route to work as I do, so it is likely that we will run into eachother again. I wanted the cop to know that I was concerned that this guy would possibly do this again.

I forgot to tell the cop that the guy said " next time I see you I'm not going to give you any room ! " ...

OOPS =(

You can always call back and add this information. It may technically push this over to assault.

fordfasterr 01-04-07 02:42 PM

no call yet.

I went to lunch with my g/f today, and as I was walking back into the building the same cop that took my report drove by and waved at me, no call yet.

lol

bac 01-04-07 03:11 PM

I had a very similar thing happen. The police did call me after they visited with this jerk. Oh yeah, they also charged him 5 different violations. The "driver" was a real scumbag that the police had already had a few issues with. I'm guessing that's why they responed so quickly, and zapped him with the charges.

The jag-off skipped town before our court case. :D

N_C 01-04-07 03:17 PM


Originally Posted by bac
I had a very similar thing happen. The police did call me after they visited with this jerk. Oh yeah, they also charged him 5 different violations. The "driver" was a real scumbag that the police had already had a few issues with. I'm guessing that's why they responed so quickly, and zapped him with the charges.

The jag-off skipped town before our court case. :D

sounds like a job for dog the bounty hunter. Or was he not out on bond?

CB HI 01-04-07 03:46 PM


Originally Posted by bac
...The jag-off skipped town before our court case. :D

I wish we could get all our bad drivers to leave town; IMO that is even better than them going to court and just paying a $100 fine.


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