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this was in my email box.... Just happened to a rider the other day. Unreal how people think today.

I roll up to a red light second behind a soccer mom from h**l ,in the SUV ,talking on the cell phone and touching up her makeup in the rear view mirror .
The light turns green , she readjusts the rear view mirror as she starts to move forward and sees me , on a KZ1000 Police , dynamites the brakes in the middle of the intersection and puts her seat belt on . I almost collected her bumper , leaving only a small rubber smear .
Yes there is more . facing us at the light is one of the county's finest who does a u turn behind me and lights me up . As I look behind me the woman again dynamites the brakes , this time I do touch her bumper solidly (still no damage to the bike) and the county cop rear ends me just hard enough to push me into the soccer mom's bumper the third time .
The cop barely pauses long enough to ask if I'm ok on his way to the soccer mom's SUV where he gets her paper and starts to walk back to his unit . The soccer mom struts back to me still on the phone to get my license number and keeps repeating it on the phone . Now it gets real deep . She is on the phone to 911 reporting a hit and run by a motorcycle , mine ?! As the cop returns she demands into the phone that I be arrested for repeatedly rear ending her SUV and I would have run if the cop wasn't there . At this point the cop answers his hand held radio and begins to make sense of all of this . The cop starts writing first one citation then another and another as the woman continues her demands on the phone . Finally the cop attempts once , twice , three times to get the woman's attention . "Can't you see I'm on the phone !" she shouts at the cop . "M'am if you do not hang up the phone now I will be forced to take action " says the cop . That did it . He then asked her to sign the citations for reckless driving , failure to wear a seat belt and talking on the phone while in control of a moving vehicle with out a hands free device (a recent and confusing law here ) . She of course starts screaming at the cop . "I'm not going to sign anything without my lawyer present" she says . In a near whisper the cop says to me as he walks toward the woman "just what I've been waiting for" . Our soccer mom adds resisting arrest and assaulting an officer to the list on the way to the back seat of the cop car .
No we're not done yet . The cop apologizes for lighting me up when he should have passed me before turning on the lights and siren . he asks me if he could please write me an equipment violation for a tail light that he will later admit could have happened when bumped into me . I get it and accept , adding that if it was in his power to tell me when this woman was being arraigned I'd like to be there . I realize having to fight this woman to the ground and all the way back to the car is going to need a witness and tell him so . The cop looks visibly relieved as we wait for a tow truck for the SUV .
No , we're not done yet . The tow truck arrives with another unit as back up and traffic control . As the tow truck begins to hook the car a man stops and jumps out of a car he thought he had put in park demanding that the SUV and woman in the back of the first car be released immediately , as his not in park car continues into the second cop car .
These two are cut from the same cloth . The now identified husband ends up in the back of a third car . DUI , resisting arrest , assaulting an officer , reckless endangerment and whatever else .
No , not yet . Still at the same intersection the husbands car and the second unit have been removed and all that is left is the tow truck driver finishing his statement stemming from the husbands assault on him . The cop tells me it probably isn't necessary to write me a violation for my non damaged tail light as the tow truck driver starts out into traffic . Before the tow truck driver can get up to speed a woman , in an SUV , with out a seat belt ,on the telephone, rear ends the soccer mom's SUV being towed not 50 feet from where the cop and I are standing.
Almost done . Aid units are dispatched and arrive for the woman's head injuries and as she is being loaded into the aid unit all she wants to know is where her cell phone is .
OK , last bit . The scene is finally cleared of all vehicles and participants except the cop and I who are now on a first name basis . As we are pulling away we both hear the screech of rubber back at the intersection . There isn't the usual accompanying crash but I notice that the cop never looked back as he pulled away .
I really don't know that it belongs here . I don't really think there is a moral to all of this other than It used to be the little old lady peeking out from between the steering wheel and the dash going 20 mph under the speed limit that scared me. Now and forever it's the cell phone talking , SUV driving , makeup fixing , soccer mom from h**l that scares the daylights out of me .
 

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I almost got slaughtered by a soccer mom the other day as well. Yackity yak on the cell phone, windows down, could hear her laughing at some joke on the phone as she tried to merge on top of me. I just *barely* slowed down enough to miss my destruction by inches... we came to the next light together, so I revved up and held the bike at about 3000 rpm until she started screaming that she was trying to talk on the phone. That's when I let off the throttle, smiled, and said... "I know, you almost killed me for a ****ing rush hour chat." All I know is her face went white, the light turned green, and I left.

HOPEFULLY next time she'll be more aware? If it's even for just a few days, perhaps I saved a life.
 

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That is just crazy!! Makes me glad I live in the middle of nowhere!
 

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When I had my Gixxer there was a lady on her phone in an old pickup truck...think early 1970s Chevy. I was in the left lane slowly coming up behind her and as I passed the tailgate of the truck she started moving over into my lane...I couldn't just punch it because there was a vehicle in front of me so I moved over a bit...thinking she was just wandering. I honked my horn but she was chatting away not paying any attention. Now I am almost at the median with nowhere to go and she is still moving over. The car in front of me turns off So I can now punch it and get out of there.

I am not proud of this but...I punched that Cow's mirror right off...flipped her the bird then tore out of there as fast as I could.
 

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This was an amusing, lighthearted story and I really enjoyed it. CycleDude always comes up with some good ones. On the serious side of this, in the past 15 years I have known three people that were killed in auto accidents due to these very same reasons displayed in this story.

Cell Phones & Makeup in the Mirror while driving.

All three were young women that tragically lost their lives due to an instance of brain fade while driving. ALL of us need to remember that while driving (ESPECIALLY on a motorcycle), you need to concentrate on your own driving as well as being aware of those driving inside your sphere of influence.

Be safe out there and thank you CycleDude.
 

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Man what a story... this should be a head line news story... as stories like this happen all too often (as far as cell phone talking non-drivers go). Thanks for relaying this... made my day to know at least some get what they deserve.!! :D
 

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It sounds like a day riding here in Toronto.
Battling to save your life
either SUV drivers on cel phone weaving accross your lane
or Taxi drivers U turn accross your path without looking first

Forgot to mention the 2 to 3 red light runners still going through after your light has turned green!

CRUNCH!
 

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What a great story... I'm going to say something that is probably going to piss off a few of the women riders here but ... oh well. The other day when I was riding home from work I took the long way home through town. I usually go home on the back roads because of traffic and it's just a nicer ride. So this time when I pulled up to a light the vehicle stopped across the intersection was being driven by a woman yapping on a cell phone. I decided to see how many "yappers" I could count on the way home. The results are truely scarey. On the 15km ride home I counted 23 people yapping on the cell phone while driving. Of that 23 only 5 we male. The rest were females between the ages of approx. 16 and 50 give or take a few years either side with the majority of them being between 16 and 30. None that I observed were using hands free devices. What is it about women and damned cell phones? What is the need for the incessant yapping? My wife used to do the same thing. She would call me three times on the way home from work. Drive me nuts. Finally after telling her many times how dangerous it was and especially for us on bikes I had to threaten to smash the damned phone the next time she did it. The point got across about two years ago when a local 17 year old girl killed a fellow on a bicycle while she was trying to "text message" one of her friends while driving 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. In the Province of British Columbia they are now passing legislation that will make it illegal to use a cell phone period while operating a motor vehicle, hands free or not. Not soon enough for me.

Glad to hear you came out of the ordeal intact. Trust no one on the road and keep your guard up.

Cheers.
 

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What a great story... I'm going to say something that is probably going to piss off a few of the women riders here but ... oh well. The other day when I was riding home from work I took the long way home through town. I usually go home on the back roads because of traffic and it's just a nicer ride. So this time when I pulled up to a light the vehicle stopped across the intersection was being driven by a woman yapping on a cell phone. I decided to see how many "yappers" I could count on the way home. The results are truely scarey. On the 15km ride home I counted 23 people yapping on the cell phone while driving. Of that 23 only 5 we male. The rest were females between the ages of approx. 16 and 50 give or take a few years either side with the majority of them being between 16 and 30. None that I observed were using hands free devices. What is it about women and damned cell phones? What is the need for the incessant yapping? My wife used to do the same thing. She would call me three times on the way home from work. Drive me nuts. Finally after telling her many times how dangerous it was and especially for us on bikes I had to threaten to smash the damned phone the next time she did it. The point got across about two years ago when a local 17 year old girl killed a fellow on a bicycle while she was trying to "text message" one of her friends while driving 50 mph in a 30 mph zone. In the Province of British Columbia they are now passing legislation that will make it illegal to use a cell phone period while operating a motor vehicle, hands free or not. Not soon enough for me.

Glad to hear you came out of the ordeal intact. Trust no one on the road and keep your guard up.

Cheers.
I see much of the same thing here, and even though we have a new no texting law, I saw 3 (2 women and one man) texting in my 12 mile ride home last night at 2:30 am... what's really irks me is the fact that most ever cell phone has speaker phone on it and these folks won't use it even... that would help a tad... and texting while driving... that puts one in for the dumbest driver awards in my book.!! :eek:
 

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*grumble on*

I was on my way down one of my favorite in town trips, riding along the riverside and enjoying a cooling evening when I happened to pass one of the city's finest (Tulsa PD) texting on her phone while on duty and doing 45 mph.

Sure as hell don't know who's going to encourage/enforce safe driving when even our officers can't stop.

*grumble off, I'm happy now*
 

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*grumble on*

I was on my way down one of my favorite in town trips, riding along the riverside and enjoying a cooling evening when I happened to pass one of the city's finest (Tulsa PD) texting on her phone while on duty and doing 45 mph.

Sure as hell don't know who's going to encourage/enforce safe driving when even our officers can't stop.

*grumble off, I'm happy now*
Maybe you could have done a "Citizen's Arrest"... yeah... that would work... hahahaha.!! Amazing... story... an LEO should know better for sure... ya'd think seeing an accident or two caused by texting would turn ya against it... go figure... as Forrest Gump would say... mama always said Stupid Is, Is Stupid Does.!!
 

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I've got a buddy who sends me texts when he knows I'm on the road. Makes me nuts. Then gets mad when I don't reply, even if it is something that doesn't need an answer. I wish there was some kind of auto reply that said "Good for you."
 

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I'd like to pass along this story. Just the other day I was riding along and the traffic was fairly thick so I was being very carefull. As I was going through an intersection a car pulled out and cut me off I had to lock up the brakes to keep from being run over. We continue on and this car is now all over the road and speeding up slowing down and I just have a really bad feeling about it. The first thing that comes to mind is that this person must have been drinking and should not be driving. Anyway as we travel along we come to a stop light so I pull up to a point where I can see what is going on. What I see is a young girl who is texting her friends as she is driving along in traffic. While talking on the phone is bad at least you can see where you are going but texting while driving they should just take you and throw you in jail.
 

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I've got a buddy who sends me texts when he knows I'm on the road. Makes me nuts. Then gets mad when I don't reply, even if it is something that doesn't need an answer. I wish there was some kind of auto reply that said "Good for you."
While I do carry my phone with me... I have it where it is very hard to tell if a text or call comes in... when I stop for gas or whatever else... then I check it, and even then if it's not something important don't expect me to answer back.... I say "you are not gonna take up my riding time", and don't really care if someone gets mad or not... they'd either get over it, or have good reason to quit calling :D
 
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