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Exercising Restraint After an Insane Act(6 posts)

Exercising Restraint After an Insane Actdavidxy
Nov 4, 2003 4:57 PM
I was just out on my first night ride this evening here in Southern Virginia Beach. Then on a dark rural road with no one but us on it, a dump truck driver decides to see how close he can come to someone on bike. He was four to six inches from my handlebar from the time he came up on me till he passed. I was the closest I've come to bailing out I've ever been. I have a Vistalight (good for a half mile) and a 10-watt Nightrider up front. .The dumbass saw me. I was livid, and I did what was not too smart. He got stuck at the turn a head (he was going right), I pulled up next to him, and launched a huge ball of spit into his cab. I really did it to confirm what I knew. . .He's one of those stupid mullets how hate cyclist. He confirmed his suppressed homosexual tendencies by calling me a "f&*king fa*&ot." A real genius.
A couple of minuets later I realized I should have got his tags, and called his company. What scares me he did this in a company truck. I mean, he drives a dump truck for a living, so he has nothing to lose. I realize now I shouldn't give him more ammo to hate cyclist.
As you know that's sometimes hard to do.....bent_spoke
Nov 4, 2003 5:12 PM
we all do dumb things when provoked...just happens sometimes whether we like it or not. At this point, I tried to be extra careful & avoid narrow, dark roads at nite. You were right that you should have gotten his plates & let the cops deal with it, so it keeps you from getting directly involve. Try to be safe & keep a cool head.
Try to prove it happened to the cops.McBaine
Nov 4, 2003 5:52 PM
I'd be curious if the cops would take your word for it that the trucker acted recklessly. I've hear about folks calling those "How's my driving?" numbers and the person answering the number refuses to believe how the caller described the trucker's driving.

One time a trucker in front of my car dropped a peice of concrete. I ran over the block of concrete and recked two of my tires. This actually took place in front of the police station. As the trucker stopped to pick up the concrete I wrote down his plate number. He threatened me as I did. I double checked the number I wrote down and walked to the police station and the police told me there was nothing they could do the plate number was not valid. Mmmm. Interesting.
Re: Try to prove it happened to the cops.Saddle_Sore
Nov 5, 2003 1:12 AM
Digital camera will probably become an "essential" item for cyclists to pack away in their kit bags for just such an occasion. Presented with pictographic evidence it will be difficult for the offending numb-skull in question to deny his/her transgression.

Unfortunately, even when presented with evidence like this, the UK police generally just shrug their shoulders and say how pursuing the matter to prosecution would not be an effective use of manpower or some other such bull$hit.

I used to keep a small water pistol filled with undiluted cordial (Ribena for preference) - anyone hazed me with their car and I caught 'em at the lights I doused their windshield with Ribena - really sticky when the sun gets on it! Even better if they had an open sun-roof - that stuff wrecks upholstery in cars :-)

Mind you, if you tried that trick in the US the idiot would probably pull a real gun on you and plug you full of lead!
re: Exercising Restraint After an Insane Actwitcomb
Nov 5, 2003 4:19 AM
Actually he has a lot to lose. Just as you said "he drives a dump truck for a living", when he loses his liscene for dangerous or wreckless driving he'll learn very fast. This is not only your life that he is playing with it is also his, but of course he's probably not all that bright if he doesn't see that.

You probably should have got the tags and reported this to the company. It is in the best interest of the company to keep their trucks safe and their record clean, the company does have to insure these people.

I have yet to experience any of this (hopefully i won't in my basement over winter) and I hope I never do. Most of the large trucks that pass me on country roads give me all the room I need.

Atleast your safe and unharmed and got some sort of revenge.
Call the number on the truckfiltersweep
Nov 6, 2003 6:48 AM
There was a road-rager driving like a complete lunatic on the freeway a few weeks ago in a commercial vehicle with a huge sign and phone number on the door and panels. I called the number, described the entire situation to the owner of the company. I have no idea what happened after that, but it offered me some satisfaction.