I decided to report this incident via the WA Police online Road Traffic Form as I found the driver’s driving (off-camera) intimidating and her response to me (finger) suggests that she needs to learn to “enjoy the ride.” Had she not reacted in this way I would have probably let it pass to the keeper but I am glad that I didn’t.
WA Police Response to 1DPP-232 Driving
On Tuesday January 14, 2014 I received a courteous phone call from Sergeant Way at WA Police Fremantle station advising that the driver of 1DPP-232 had been issued a formal caution. I was also spoken to about my riding; it seems I should have been further to my left on the approach to the first corner.
1DPP-232 Incident Report to the WA Police
I filed the complaint as detailed below using the WA Police online Road Traffic Form along with a link to this video on YouTube as opposed to a more formal compliant via letter with a DVD as I considered it of lesser nature, but one still warranting a report.
I was riding my LoGOo Lightning P-38 bicycle in a northerly direction on Peter Hughes Drive, Fremantle, passing the E-Sheds Markets on my right and the C Shed on my left. At approximately 5:26 PM on January 12, 2014 (I left home at 5:07 PM and had been riding for 19 minutes at this point in time). as I entered the sharp right turn which is followed by a sharp left turn (there is also a unnamed road that enters from the south here as well) on Peter Hughes Drive I became aware in my right rear vision mirror of a vehicle partially to my right and very close.
I continued traveling through the right and left turns in a northerly direction very aware of the close proximity of the vehicle behind me and partially to my right, which I found intimidating and concerning. At this time I was travelling at approximately 27 to 28 km/h (as per my GPS) and hence I attempted to clear the corners as quickly as I could to avoid further intimidation.
As I exited the left hand corner I was aware that the vehicle was passing on my right despite there being double white lines. As the vehicle passed I called out slow down lady or words to that effect. I became aware at this point that the female driver of the vehicle had turned into her seat and was looking back at me rather. Then as she drove off she gave me the “proverbial finger” with her left arm.
I would describe the driver as being in her early forties, long blond hair, burst blood vessels (or red markings) on her left cheek. There was a passenger in the left front passenger seat but I couldn’t see their face.
I found the driver’s behaviour intimidating and inappropriate. It took me approximately 30 seconds to ride through both corners, hardly a delay to warrant the driving experienced or being intimidated in this manner.
The video of the incident can be viewed on the video downloadable at [link removed] orit can viewed at YouTube at http://youtu.be/vp-zq0quTPw [unlisted] or a copy can be provided on DVD. I have retained the full unedited video file that this extracted video has been taken from if required.
If you wish to use this complaint as a template you are most welcome to.
Thoughts on the Reporting of the Incident Involving 1DPP-232
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