Our favourite Green website, TreeHugger, has delivered one of the best (or rather worst) stories we’ve read thus far in 2010. A driver in the UK recently had an attack of cyclist road rage. And attack he did!
The teenage driver pulled up alongside the cyclist, sounded his horn and yelled “Get off the road. I will run you off the road. I will kill you.” And then tried to do so. Nine times he almost hit the cyclist, aiming for him on the pavement, forcing the bike into trees, and even throwing stones and coins at him.
The cyclist, who was on his way home from work, happened to be a Detective Inspector at the local police station. He made a note of the license plate and the driver received nine months in jail, suspended for two years, and banned from driving for two years.
At his parents’ home, the teen driver asked the police officers who were arresting him: “Can I not just apologise?” Mmm, no.
On reading the comments posted on the article, PCI agrees wholeheartedly with one comment in particular: that the sentence include a mandatory requirement for the aggressor to ride only on bikes for several years!