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Old 07-28-2006, 08:30 AM   #15
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I honestly can say that I would never call a cop if it was me,unless of course major damage had happened. I dont carry a gun,Depending on my mood and how much road stress I had had already, that guy would have been my personal punching bag.I would have taken it as a threat to my families safety and well being.Like I said before,it depends on what kind of mood I was in.I have no doubt if you had felt more threatened you would do the same.Sometimes law enforcement only complicates things.


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Old 07-28-2006, 08:40 AM   #16
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by BeenThere DoneThat:
Tuesday, I was trying to get out of the Gary, IN Flying-J. The road was messed up with construction and the traffic was heavy. I could not turn right because the exit was next to new road bed that was cut about a foot or more deep and and there was not room to turn my van and TT (55 feet). So, I was stuck trying to turn left.
Well, the guy in the van behind me decided that I was taking too long so he bumped my TT bumper with his van bumper. When I got out thinking it was just a 'foot slipped of the brake" kinda thing, he told me that he had done it because I was taking too long. I told him that I was waiting for a hole in the traffic. His response was 'Just pull out and make your own hole'.
Since I already knew he was a A******, I decided to just get back in my van and not say any more. No amount of yelling at him would have made him less of a A******.
Just as I got back into the van, a hole opened up in the traffic. As I pulled out, he followed me without stopping and almost got hit. As I get on the interstate, he zaps around and he starts zipping between lanes around all the other vehicles doing about 30 mph more than the traffic.
Some people just a waste of good skin.
My wife did get his tag number, but I don't know what I could do with that. Maybe if I had his address, I could send him a "A****** of the Year" award. But it would not help, he would still be one. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Its called road rage and will get you a trip to the police station in lots of states. If you got his license #, call the police as they will stop him and see what his problem is. could very well stop an accident from happening.


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Old 07-28-2006, 09:21 AM   #17
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I lived in Hammond for three years in the mid 90's. Gary was the murder capital (number of murders per capita) of the US for two of the three years. New Orleans beat it one year. Approximately 100,000 in population and over 120 homicides. Not a good ratio! The police may have come eventually if called, but they wouldn't be happy to be dealing with the situation. One summer, the police in Gary were so overworked, they called in the State Police to help keep order.

I personally would not get out of my vehicle in that situation. Your safety and that of your family is much more important. Find another location where you can inspect your vehicle/trailer. Get a license number if you can and report it later if there is any damage.

After offering all that advice, I must admit it would be difficult for me not to get out immediately when something like that happened. My wife would be the calming influence and voice of reason.
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Old 07-31-2006, 12:04 AM   #18
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Yo Frankie, ask Patti about jerko_fs in NJ, and how I deal with them. Very funny story.
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Old 08-02-2006, 09:26 AM   #19
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For what it is worth, I think you did the right thing. When you confront a person like that you are uping the ante. Sounds like he is a "A" type personality and you may well have been dealing with "road rage" if you had not stayed calm and just walked away. Fortunately things like this don't happen very often to most of us.
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Old 08-10-2006, 01:49 PM   #20
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I agree with NealV. Reporting this driver to the police may do little to ease your irrataion, but this will be on the dispachers report. If someone else reports the same plate no. it establishes a pattern of behavior. If/when he is stopped by police for another incident or crash, it totals up quickly.
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Old 08-11-2006, 08:52 PM   #21
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I can't imagine Indiana getting the Nat'l vote for having the rudest drivers, from my personal experience driving over the US Colorado drivers can't be beat for rudness. Or for passing over the double yellow line. Slightly off the original post but do appreciate the warning about Gary Flying J, most of the Flying Js are only barely acceptable at their best.
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Old 08-21-2006, 01:14 PM   #22
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I just fond the note with his tag. It was IN 45 2733. A late model Dodge/Freightliner/Mercedies tall body van, silver in color.
Maybe one of you police officers will look him up and send him a nasty postcard.

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Old 08-22-2006, 02:42 AM   #23
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I too have had a similar experience, but more terrifying. This guy pulled around me, on the hiway, and honked his horn and gave me the finger sign, because he felt my doing the speed limit was not good enough. He then put his brakes on so that I was forced down to 25 mph. Then he sped up and I thought he was gone. A couple miles down the road, he was waiting pulled off to the side, he waits until I am almost up next to him then he pulls out going real slow so that I have to jam on my brakes. Then he flies off again. I was by myself and real shook up so I pulled into a strip mall parking lot to calm down. While I am sitting there, all of a sudden I see him come into the parking lot straight towards me. He pulls up next to me and starts cussing me out. I was so shaken my only response was to tell him I had called the police and they were on their way. Well he finally left. I did go into one of the shops and call the police. They came and I gave them a description of the car and driver and what I thought was his license number, but that turned out not to be the right number. I don't ever want to experience that type of thing again. If I had had a gun, I might have been scared enough to use it. God forbid I killed someone, for an anger management issue, and had to live with it for the rest of my life.

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You just need a good traveling friend, like my buddy hoarice, the steel police baton I filed with thickset cement mix. He's my old tire thumper, but works as a back up in a worst case scenario and you are not of the CWP persuation.

If I had had the pleasure of meeting him in a parking lot like that after the enjoyable experience I'd had with him on the road, I probably would have given him a good education on why it was poor behavior and shown him the error of his ways.

Course, he probably would have been even more livid with me, as I tend to travel at 50-55mph tops, mostly 50.

Of course, after the first 25mph incident, I might have been tempted to use a police maneuver and shove him towards the shoulder using the big steel tire carier on the front of my pickup.

Oh, I better stop, I feel myself getting a little too immature in my thoughts....

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