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    Road rage last night! Ended with 3 police cars and an arrest

    Driving to a friend's place last night, I took the on-ramp to a main interstate highway. As I entered the highway on the one-lane ramp, a vehicle in front of me was driving really slowly and weaving. I looked more deeply and could see that he was weaving every time he tried to text. *sigh*

    I flashed my brights at him once. He then stopped texting. But he gave me the finger through his rearview mirror.

    Once we entered the highway, he tried to block me in the exit-only lane. I slowed down and went behind and around him, entering the highway and thinking that was that.

    But he got over and almost on my bumper, tailgating me. He started giving me the finger again and flashing his brights over and over at me. He was clearly inflamed.

    I changed lanes and sped up. He changed lanes and followed me. I changed lanes again. He changed lanes again. Finally, after 8 miles of him essentially chasing me, I cut across 3 lanes to make a quick exit.

    He cut across the lanes as well and followed me, nearly hitting a white SUV in the process.

    At that point I called the police. I drove slowly towards a residential area as he continually flashed his brights at me. A police car was waiting on the side of the street and pulled him over, and two more police units joined.

    He had bloodshot eyes and an open container of alcohol in the vehicle, according to the primary officer. He was drunk. The officers arrested him.

    Crazy night, eh?

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    wow, just lucky he didn't had a gun handy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krazy View Post
    wow, just lucky he didn't had a gun handy
    I had a gun handy. It did not escalate to that, though. He was unarmed, based on what the officers said.

    (I told the officers of my gun, of course. The officer remarked that his wife carried a gun, too!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    I had a gun handy. It did not escalate to that, though. He was unarmed, based on what the officers said.

    (I told the officers of my gun, of course. The officer remarked that his wife carried a gun, too!)

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    wow.... I wouldive shot his tire just to piss him off
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkeden View Post
    wow.... I wouldive shot his tire just to piss him off
    LOL. And get myself arrested? o.O

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    LOL. And get myself arrested? o.O

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    Yeah ok.... his eyes were blood shot, he was drunk as could be.... I would have loved to see him call the cops on ya lol

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    Man! There are more and more nutcakes with drivers licenses. Glad to hear he got arrested.
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    I hate drunk drivers! If you're caught drink driving the US do you get a prison sentance for it? Or just a driving ban?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RH-Scott View Post
    I hate drunk drivers! If you're caught drink driving the US do you get a prison sentance for it? Or just a driving ban?
    I believe you are arrested, but that you can be bailed out (e.g. bond posted). I think (?) that there is typically a steep fine ($2000-ish?) and perhaps a six-month license suspension, but no prison time at least on the first offense from what I understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    I believe you are arrested, but that you can be bailed out (e.g. bond posted). I think (?) that there is typically a steep fine ($2000-ish?) and perhaps a six-month license suspension, but no prison time at least on the first offense from what I understand.

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    Same as here then... thought the US might have been a bit more strict (they usually are).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RH-Scott View Post
    Same as here then... thought the US might have been a bit more strict (they usually are).
    Hmm, in what other ways are we more strict? Do you mean anti-drug (narcotics) laws or similar? :curious:

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    3rd strike is a prison sentence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webdude View Post
    3rd strike is a prison sentence.
    Judging by some of your posts on here, would you happen to have first hand experience?


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    It depends on the state. In New York, for example, your first offense can get you 1 year of jail time, a $2000 fine, a $100+ surcharge to assist crime victims (different than the fine), and get your license revoked for 1 year.

    Having your licenses revoked is different than just having it suspended. If your license is revoked, you have to ask the DMV permission (by mailing forms and a giant fee) to restart the license process (starting with your drivers permit) - and they can say no as many times as they want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PersonalJ View Post
    Judging by some of your posts on here, would you happen to have first hand experience?
    Nope... never had any drinking & driving violations. I did get fired from a 48 state trucking company because they said I had a DWI on my record..... which I didnt have, so they paid me my salary for a year while I sat back and relaxed.... and partied

    Oh... you may be talking about my accident where I hit the drunk driver.... yeah, had that...

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    Well done on the ending tbh. We had two people on bikes hit by cars yesterday morning.

    But of them all, I hate DD's and it's a shame knowing that even though you're not DD, you can still be injured. And I hate the laws, here or anywhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webdude View Post
    Nope... never had any drinking & driving violations. I did get fired from a 48 state trucking company because they said I had a DWI on my record..... which I didnt have, so they paid me my salary for a year while I sat back and relaxed.... and partied
    Nice! Did you have to file suit, though?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    Hmm, in what other ways are we more strict? Do you mean anti-drug (narcotics) laws or similar? :curious:

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    If your murdered a person here you would probably serve max 15 years in the UK of a lifesentance.

    Those guys that got fined 400,000 for DVD Copyright breach, you wouldn't even get half of that here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RH-Scott View Post
    If your murdered a person here you would probably serve max 15 years in the UK of a lifesentance.

    Those guys that got fined 400,000 for DVD Copyright breach, you wouldn't even get half of that here.
    I understand you completely about the copyright fines.

    But the murder sentences? Really?

    I'm not saying I would disagree, but is it that different?

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    Yeh man... example...

    There was a women called Tracie Andrews. She was a model who had a habbit of beating her boyfriend and using him like a toyboy. One night they were driving along the road, got into an argument she stabbed him 15 times and slit his throat.

    Then she lied about it, saying it wasn't her it was road rage. She went in front of live tv and lied about it, in front of his family and everything.

    Eventually they found out it was her that done it and she was given a 14 year sentance! Now she lives in an open prison (a prison that isnt like cells) and she just got plastic surgery worth 5,000 paid for by the govt and there are talks of her getting out soon (shes been in jail for 9 years I think).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RH-Scott View Post
    Yeh man... example...

    There was a women called Tracie Andrews. She was a model who had a habbit of beating her boyfriend and using him like a toyboy. One night they were driving along the road, got into an argument she stabbed him 15 times and slit his throat.

    Then she lied about it, saying it wasn't her it was road rage. She went in front of live tv and lied about it, in front of his family and everything.

    Eventually they found out it was her that done it and she was given a 14 year sentance! Now she lives in an open prison (a prison that isnt like cells) and she just got plastic surgery worth 5,000 paid for by the govt and there are talks of her getting out soon (shes been in jail for 9 years I think).
    Yikes. How typical is that over there?

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    Prison sentences even for murder can vary a lot depending on whether is was pre-meditated, intentional, sanity like you said, if they plead guilty to other smaller offenses, cooperate etc so it's kind of hard to compare how long people serve on individual cases.
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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7366258.stm

    Very very common.

    The prisons aren't exactly punishment either, they have tvs in them, game consoles they get free food and stuff.

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    I'm glad the cops actually came to help you, Mike. I had an incident here where I was driving on a back road (one lane each direction), and a car followed by a truck pulled up behind me. The car pulled around me (in the opposing lane with a car coming) and got in front of me to keep me from speeding up. I could see the car had 3 teenage kids in the back, who were cheering the whole time. The truck then ran off the road to my right (in the dirt) and sped up around me that way. Once the truck passed me from the right, both vehicles sped up and drove off, then pulled over at a skate park a few hundred yards up the road.

    I called the local police to tell them what happened. I was angry and my voice was shaking because I almost got run off the road by two idiots trying to show off for their kids. I told the cop what had happened, and where they were parked now. She sounded annoyed, and just asked "Well, did they hit you?". I said they didn't, but they were driving extremely dangerously and had kids in the car. I described both vehicles involved and told her exactly where they were. She said they'd look into it, but the way she said it I knew she wasn't going to do anything.

    If the police don't feel like handling things like this, what are they doing all day? This isn't even in the city - it's an upper-middle-class suburb, so it's not like there's much crime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    I had a gun handy. It did not escalate to that, though. He was unarmed, based on what the officers said.

    (I told the officers of my gun, of course. The officer remarked that his wife carried a gun, too!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CArmstrong View Post
    I'm glad the cops actually came to help you, Mike. I had an incident here where I was driving on a back road (one lane each direction), and a car followed by a truck pulled up behind me. The car pulled around me (in the opposing lane with a car coming) and got in front of me to keep me from speeding up. I could see the car had 3 teenage kids in the back, who were cheering the whole time. The truck then ran off the road to my right (in the dirt) and sped up around me that way. Once the truck passed me from the right, both vehicles sped up and drove off, then pulled over at a skate park a few hundred yards up the road.

    I called the local police to tell them what happened. I was angry and my voice was shaking because I almost got run off the road by two idiots trying to show off for their kids. I told the cop what had happened, and where they were parked now. She sounded annoyed, and just asked "Well, did they hit you?". I said they didn't, but they were driving extremely dangerously and had kids in the car. I described both vehicles involved and told her exactly where they were. She said they'd look into it, but the way she said it I knew she wasn't going to do anything.

    If the police don't feel like handling things like this, what are they doing all day? This isn't even in the city - it's an upper-middle-class suburb, so it's not like there's much crime.
    Sorry to hear.

    I find that the police are most helpful when a) I am potentially in immediate danger, and b) I threaten to take action myself if they decline.

    Example:
    - I called to report an obviously drunk driver once, weaving on the roads. I was not in immediate danger myself; I was driving way behind him. They did not assist... No police came.
    - I once called to report a drunk driver who was in his car about to leave an establishment. I stood behind the car in the parking spot and told the dispatcher that the driver would have to run me over if he wanted to leave. Three police SUVS pulled up within 2 minutes of me saying that.

    In other words, police are not always likely to assist unless you are in immediate danger or you imply that you will take action yourself (whether it means putting yourself in physical danger or 'taking on' the offender).

    In the instance I cited in this post where they did not assist me (where I was driving and witnessed a drunk driver), I guarantee you that they would have responded if I had instead said "I'm going to block this drunk driver at the next light. It's too dangerous to let him continue driving."

    In your instance, you may have produced results if you said "I want police out here now. I'm about to confront the people." The dispatcher would caution you against it, but I almost guarantee you that he/she would send police.

    ...In my opinion, anyway.

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    Mike, are you making up stories again..?

    JK!

    Pretty funny, hah. I hope the dude doesn't find out where you live.
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    Wow, crazy drunk drivers these days. Good thing no one got hurt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    I had a gun handy. It did not escalate to that, though. He was unarmed, based on what the officers said.

    (I told the officers of my gun, of course. The officer remarked that his wife carried a gun, too!)

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