Thursday, November 26, 2009

If He Keeps Lying ... I'll Give Him a Citation

Tuesday was an interesting ride. A close pass is one thing, but actually being forced off the road is another. It wasn't as bad as a few weeks ago, but any time you're pushed off the road it shakes you up.

956416 from Bikesafer on Vimeo.

I don't know if the driver intended to put me in the ditch, but that matters very little when I'm fighting to stay upright on a shoulder which consists of jagged baseball sized rocks. My early contact with West Allis Police didn't seem promising. I got many of the usual responses, but the Sgt. agreed to look at the video and after he did he said that the driver was indeed in the wrong. He said that he would talk to the driver one more time and if he lied to him again about what actually happened he'd give him a ticket. The driver of course said I was in the middle of the road, and that he gave me plenty of room.

Thanks to the West Allis Police for getting it right again. Every time I've made a complaint with them they've gotten it right in the end.

What made Tuesday interesting was the fact that there were 2 incidents. The second involved an angry school bus driver who pulled out in front of me from a stop sign. He was angry until I told him his bosses would see the video of his driving and his cursing me out afterward. I stressed to his bosses at least 3 times that I didn't want him to lose his job over this, I just wanted him to be more careful.

Still no word on what is happening with the guy who actually put me in a ditch from a few weeks ago. I'll keep you updated on all of these incidents.
Bikesafer and Happy Thanksgiving


8dot3 said...

And all he had to do was change lanes and pass. Glad you are OK.

Steve A said...

Is there some reason you don't just ride further left, so it is clear to motorists that a full lane change is the order of the day? It seems that would have avoided most of your incidents and, ironically, the ticket for violating the "FTR" statute as well since you wouldn't have gotten clipped.