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I was riding home from work last night. I was on a four-lane road, approaching a stoplight with a left-hand turn lane, which I was in, following another car. My "sixth sense" or whatever you call it made me look warily at the car immediately to my right, just as she (a young girl, with a cell phone clamped to her ear, of course) started to come into my lane, directly into me. I think she had realized at the last second that she was about to miss the turn, and so she cut into the left turn lane, which I was already occupying.

I laid on my horn, which she ignored. There was opposing traffic, so swerving into the oncoming lanes was not an option. The car in front of me blocked my escape route that way. My only option was to swerve left as far as I could and nail the brakes. Fortunately the person behind me saw this going on, and braked to allow me an opening, and I narrowly missed clipping her rear bumper as she swerved into my lane. The young girl obliviously came to a stop in front of me, waiting at the now red light to turn left.

I was SO FURIOUS. I popped my kickstand down, and hopped off my bike, storming up to her window as I flipped open my helmet visor. She was STILL oblivious, still chatting away on her cell phone. I pounded my fist on her window. THAT got her attention, she nearly jumped out of her seat. I then yelled at her, "you just cut me off, you almost hit me, and almost forced me into oncoming traffic!" Her sunroof was open, so I knew she could hear me. She looked at me, terrified, and said those famous four words: "I didn't see you!"

The light turned green. I yelled once more, "get off your ****ing phone and watch where you're ****ing driving before you kill someone next time!", walked back to my bike, and followed her through the green. She turned off almost immediately afterward.

Thinking about it after I had calmed down a bit, it probably wasn't the best way to handle the situation, but I was SO ANGRY - which is not normal for me. I virtually never lose my temper, but I did with this careless, oblivious young girl yesterday.
 

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Good for you! She needed to know. Maybe now she'll pay closer attention...at least for a while.
 

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With any luck it will make her pay a little more attention in the future. At least for a few miles anyway.

I don't think you did anything wrong.
 

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I have done the same thing. Didn't feel bad about it at all.
 

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Hopefully your point was well made and taken to heart!

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Should be against the law using cell phones and driving, wake up lawmakers...
 

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I have to agree with what you did. Soo many cagers cutting motorcycles off. I'm starting to take it kind of personal, because you could die on that bike.
 

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I think you did the right thing, young girl or an old man who cares. You got lucky! , next rider maybe not so much. Your well placed words and appropriate tone probably got the message through. Cell phones need to be outlawed while driving.



Check this idiot out here in Victoria......



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEZjF1MJBDY
 

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As much as I like to ride I sometimes wonder if it's worth the risk. But what the hell, can't crawl in a cave. So far I have been lucky in my 63 years.
 

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Do you really think she cared? Hopefully she did.
 

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Don't do that in AZ........you'll get shot. On the other hand, you can carry while riding as well...........you'd be amazed how much more visible you become when you ride while excercizing your right to open carry.



Freakin' cager can't see a 900 lb motorcycle from 8 feet away......but somehow they can spot a S&W Model 66 .357 from 2 miles. You figure it out.
 

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I guess reaching in and taking the phone away from her and telling the party on the other end what just happened would have been "kinda" out of line??:baffled:

You didnt do anything wrong.

Had a similar occurance in merging traffic happen to me a bit over a year ago. The difference was SHE KNEW I was there, windows down and my horn going off in her ear.
She just kept coming over IT WAS WAY OBVIOUS SHE DID NOT CARE!!!! I could have jumped in the car with her it was that close and at 65mph. Needless to say I watch every idiot on the road that is merging and I either adjust my speed up or down. What ever gets me away from them. In my case she was bulling her way in and I was IN HER WAY.

Glad you exhibited the appropriate behavior for HER lack of behavior and that you are OK!!!!!
 

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I had an "incident" awhile back. It was late, about 10pm, and some idiot was tailgating me. We came to a stop sign and the kid was more interested in his girlfriend than the fact that he stopped less than two feet from my bike. I had had it with him and yelled out "stay the %&* off my bumper, he ignored me so I repeated my myself, something I don't like to have to do. His response was to flip me off through his sunroof.



At that I got a little stupid considering it was dark out and I couldn't see inside his car. The bike went onto the sidestand I went back to have a discussion with the driver. About the time I reached the window he put the car into reverse and almost hitting the car behind him. He popped into into forward and swung around my bike on the right hand side and took off, leaving me and the driver of the car laughing our heads off. I could tell it was a kid maybe around 18 driving a very nice buick roadmaster, a family car, mom or dads no doubt. We were both wondering how he would explain the damage to the passenger side as he ran the post of the stop sign along the full length of the car.



Do I thing he learned anything, no. Do I think he'll tell his folks the truth, no. But it was very satisfying. It was after I was on the ride again that it hit me that if he had a gun, I wouldn't have seen it until it flashed in my face and he could have claimed self defense from road rage (he may have been right).
 

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jesus did you turn pale green and gain about 400 lbs of muscle and just heave ho her car in the lake????

incredible hulk

but i cant say much ive done worse to people that cut me off
 

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Oh boy, don't get me started on texting and driving. I would like to punish the idiot behind the wheel as I strongly believe that it is just a matter of time untill the moron hits someone. I don't want it to be me.
I really don't think some of these idiots realize how dangerous it is, or else they are so important that no one else matters.
I really hate that type of behavior.
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A few years ago I had a similar experience. I'm not one to lose my temper, but that time I did. I pulled along side the driver (young girl) at the next light and told her how dangerous her move was and that she should pay attention. She flipped me off. Smart alec little teenager. I guess I'm number one in her book. I hope my daughter is a better driver than that and I sure hope she has a better disposition out there.
 

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Scott,

I had the same thing happen to me. I pulled in front of the **B and parked the bike sideways in their lane and just dropped it right there.

Walked back and gave that driver a full Navy style dressing down. Not a smart move for the Phoenix area. The only thing I wish I had done, and that you had done, was to strip their cellphone out of their hands and throw it as far as possible.
 

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OK, you got cut-off...

Would she have seen you if not on the phone? That's a gamble, don't answer it.
The choices we make...
Nobody but you said, "I think I'll ride my motorcycle today and risk being cut-off, run-over and maimed by a young girl talking on a phone while driving a cage."
These situations will continue to happen. Always have, haven't they?

Fortunately, she wasn't a Pistol-Packing Mama who gave more about 2 farts from a rats ass than from you on a bike hasslin' her.


There are some crazies out there.
Be 'ware... :cheeky1:
 
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