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Old 01-14-2009, 08:39 AM   #1
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Whats up MAIC.

I just had a quick question for anyone who's been in the situation before. This morning on my way to work. I'm sitting in traffic on route 1, and there is an older lady behind me in a corolla that has been about an inch away from my bumper every time the traffic started to move. I have my TL today..not the STi, or I would have probably been 100 times more mad.

Anyways, She continues to tail gate me, honk, and I see her throwing her arms in the air calling me an ******* and all types of stuff..and im like where do you want me to go? As the traffic begins to move, I start accelerating slowly, because I know its going to stop again, and all of a sudden she decides she's had enough. She mashes the gas and barely misses my rear bumper, swirves over the double yellows into the on coming traffic lane, and is riding next to me accelerating to try to get in front of me. I got off the gas so she could just get in front of me, considering shes headed for the oncoming cars, but instead of cutting in front of me, she swirves directly toward me, not with enough clearance to pass me without completly side swipping me. So I slam my brakes and almost hit the car next to me in the right lane to avoid being hit. After that she still cuts me off and barely misses my front bumper. at this point im like . So instead of continuing the road rage, i simply picked up my phone and dialed ffx police.

I told the operator exactly what had happened, and a description of the vehicle and plate numbers. She asked if I wanted to be seen by an officer, but I said it wasn't necessary considering that she did not hit me.

So my question to you all is this. What is to happen with the situation? Will ffx police actually follow through with anything on this? Or will they note the plates for any further incident or what. Did I do the right thing by reporting her to the police?

Thanks,

Andrew
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:47 AM   #2
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You did the right thing. But I'm not sure much will come of it.

the reasoning here is that it's her word against yours. they aren't going to pick her up or pull her over for her behavior (as observed by you). However if there is a patrol down the road or in the area they may be alerted and pick her up if they see her doing anything out of the ordinary.
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Old 01-14-2009, 08:58 AM   #3
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You did the right thing. But I'm not sure much will come of it.

the reasoning here is that it's her word against yours. they aren't going to pick her up or pull her over for her behavior (as observed by you). However if there is a patrol down the road or in the area they may be alerted and pick her up if they see her doing anything out of the ordinary.

alright. yeah i've never called the police like that before. but her behavior was appauling. a few co workers saw the whole thing happen apparently, as did everyone else sitting in traffic. they asked me if that was me who got "cut off" this morning. but they said it looked like she was just trying to ram me off the road.
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:04 AM   #4
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you did the right thing...

though sometimes I just feel like slamming into people when they try to cut me off (7000lb truck is the DD). I especially hate a-hole drivers when I'm towing!! I did have one do something similar last friday, I called her bluff (I was having a really bad day) and she jacked her brakes.
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:04 AM   #5
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I would pursue it and have your co-workers vouch for you
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:27 AM   #6
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You did the right thing. The fact that you kept your cool in that situation says a lot. Well done. Could have been much worse.

Saw a similar situation the other day. New Dodge Challenger. We're in traffic going 55 on 123 heading into Occoquan. There's a brief left turn lane before you get to the bridge. The guy in the Challenger decides to swerve into said turn lane and pass the 2 cars in front of him...just so he can slam on the brakes when he gets to the next car. And even better, the light is red at the end of the Bridge. I was just like WTF?!
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:28 AM   #7
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You did the right thing by calling the police. What the police should / will do: Usually in this case, the police department will give the discription of the vehicle, which you have provided to the officer in the area and run the tag for being stolen. Once the information gets to the officer in the area, that officer would check the area in which he/she was in. If the officer finds the offender, a traffic stop would be conducted.
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:30 AM   #8
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From personal experience, they will draft up a letter and send it in the mail to the address associated with the tags telling her that her plates were reported. However, I don't believe that the letter goes into her DMV record or anything like that.

Props to you for not retaliating. I know if I was in your shoes and I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, I might've reacted in a juvenile manner.
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:47 AM   #9
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Nothing will happen because the cop didnt see her do it. If you dont follow them to make a statement, then you honestly did nothing but waste cell phone minutes and the cops time. If you would of spoken with the cop, he could of provided the info for you to take out charges at the magistrate on your own against her. PS you should of let her hit you.
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Nothing will happen because the cop didnt see her do it. If you dont follow them to make a statement, then you honestly did nothing but waste cell phone minutes and the cops time. If you would of spoken with the cop, he could of provided the info for you to take out charges at the magistrate on your own against her. PS you should of let her hit you.

yeah. I understand that. Thanks for everyones input. It was just a reaction to swirve to avoid being hit. I thought about it after and I probably should of, but that wasn't something I was trying to deal with at 7:30 this morning. What's done is done I guess. But I appreciate the feedback.

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Old 01-14-2009, 04:14 PM   #11
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Nothing will happen because the cop didnt see her do it. If you dont follow them to make a statement, then you honestly did nothing but waste cell phone minutes and the cops time. If you would of spoken with the cop, he could of provided the info for you to take out charges at the magistrate on your own against her. PS you should of let her hit you.
What charges could he file? What do you mean by "If you dont follow them to make a statement"?
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Old 01-15-2009, 12:13 AM   #12
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What is to happen with the situation? Will ffx police actually follow through with anything on this? Or will they note the plates for any further incident or what. Did I do the right thing by reporting her to the police?
You def did the right thing by calling. People apologize all the time for calling about things like that, but that's our job to go check out. The officer would have checked the area, and if he could find a violation of law, would probably have made a traffic stop. Chances are with Fairfax and the amount of traffic they have, it took 10-15 minutes before an officer got out there to even check for the car, at which point she's long gone.

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What charges could he file?
He could actually go get an aggressive driving warrant against her. Because he's the victim of the aggressive act, it's pretty much like an assault. Now, I've only ever seen 1 in court, and really believe the driver got convicted was because the victim was an off duty officer, who knew the driver from a previous traffic stop.
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Old 01-15-2009, 11:46 AM   #13
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He could actually go get an aggressive driving warrant against her. Because he's the victim of the aggressive act, it's pretty much like an assault. Now, I've only ever seen 1 in court, and really believe the driver got convicted was because the victim was an off duty officer, who knew the driver from a previous traffic stop.
So, do you think it's worth pursuing as a general rule? Or just likely to end up with nothing happening?
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Old 01-15-2009, 02:46 PM   #14
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So, do you think it's worth pursuing as a general rule? Or just likely to end up with nothing happening?
I think it would be very hard to obtain the warrant for someone who's not a LEO. Unless you personally knew the person who was driving, it'll be hard to prove the person driving the car was in fact the registered owner.
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Old 01-14-2009, 09:47 AM   #15
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^^ Yep, I have seen that letter...not to me personally though.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:09 AM   #16
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Lets get together n pick her up at her house. Show her how we drift awd.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:17 AM   #17
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Most people have it wrong. You don't want the screwed up drivers behind you. You want them in front of you. That way your in control of keeping a safe following distance. Good job and I hope you have a happier commute on your way home.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:33 AM   #18
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Was it too cold to roll down the window and flip her the bird?

Her head might have exploded if you did that
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Was it too cold to roll down the window and flip her the bird?

Her head might have exploded if you did that

ha ha ha. i deff gave her 2 big birds when i got next to her. and the window was down. but she didnt bother looking over.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:32 AM   #21
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I get these people all the time on my way home from work. (7am rt 40 md). I usually just stay in the right lane and put it on cruise. Every once in a while I get a Jack-off that wants to ride my rear in the right lane. So I +1 his tailgating with ye ol' Balk move. Balk it up
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:14 PM   #22
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next time .... let her hit you .... and maybe turn into it ..... I would love to see what the excuse she gives the cops ..... "Well sir ... I got really High-Rate since traffic was so slow that I decided to cross the double solid into incoming traffic and since I can't drive really well to begin with, I rammed the car that was in front of me since he was obviously the cause of all the traffic. How can I be blamed for this .... I did what any SANE individual would have done!" LOL

Just kidding of course but sometimes you just wish, you know!
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:35 PM   #23
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I would agree with letting her hit you, but you would have to take into account that she would be hitting your side. Also the cops will just make a note of it and not do anything else about it unless they get other complaints.
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Yeah, you did the right thing. But just imagine how funny(assuming nobody got hurt) it could be if there was no spot to get back in and she had to try and get oncoming traffic to deal with her. Bet she'd feel dumb...lol
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^^^ she would probably say that he didn't let her in and use him as an excuse in her mind!!!!! there's no winning against these type of people!
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