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Cyclist shattered car windscreen with punch in road rage attack

By NeilShaw  |  Posted: September 26, 2012

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A CYCLIST angry at being confronted by a motorist punched the car's windscreen and shattered it before cycling off, police have said.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the road rage incident on St Stephens Road in Saltash.

Police say a motorist approached a cyclist who was reportedly riding in the middle of the road.

The motorist gestured to the cyclist who allegedly responded by hitting the car’s windscreen with his fist causing it to shatter.

The cyclist then left the scene. The driver of the car, an orange Ford C-Max, then attempted to follow the cyclist.

The cyclist was last seen in the Burraton Coombe area of Saltash.

If you are the cyclist or you know who the cyclist is police would like you to contact us. Also if anyone witnessed the incident or saw a cyclist being followed by an orange car police would also like to hear from you.

The incident happened shortly before 5pm on Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 101 and quote reference BS/12/826, alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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  • Banditburner  |  September 27 2012, 10:15PM

    Over the years I've used the roads in many forms; truck, car, motorbike, push bike, horse and pedestrian. You're all getting stuck into each other here on technicalities but the basic rule is 'be nice'. If you can't manage that then the problem is you.....get over yourselves!

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  • Phil_lip  |  September 27 2012, 9:50PM

    Thanks for the advice haydntanner but you clearly do not read very well, I am a motorist that respects cyclists because I know what it is like to be one, I have also clearly pointed out to you (as well as others have) that cycling in the road where you cause an obstruction and are inconsiderate to other road users is illegal, it is the same as the elderly drivers that go out for sunday jaunts and drive at 30mph on 50 or 60mph roads, they can and do get stopped by the police because they are not driving correctly. The problem with cyclists getting prosecuted is that a policeman or woman has to see it (or them get caught on camera) because it is much harder to identify a cyclist after the fact than a motor vehicle that has a number plate and a larger shape and obvious colour making the vehicle more identifiable. All that being said, no one expects you to ride within inches of the pavement (how many times have I said this, lost count) and you must be in a position on the road that is safe for you and is safe and considerate for other road users. It would seem you need to accept that you are wrong in your attitude about cycling (said this before as well I believe) and it is because of the attitude that you portray of yourself that you seem to think you own the road and sod everyone else which brings into question a proper test and license for cyclists and some identifying mark that is easily seen by other road users in case they do have an attitude like yours. The world I live in is far from rose coloured haydntanner and I hope you actually go back and read all the posts in this article because you seem to think you are above the law and you are not. It does not excuse drivers that can't drive either and harsher penalties should be given in incidents where they are clearly at fault just like in the US where vehicular manslaughter or assault with a deadly weapon can and is brought against drivers that cause death or serious injury to others.

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  • mcspredder  |  September 27 2012, 9:39PM

    I would think that riding in the middle of the road would lead a driver (or another cyclist/motorcyclist) to anticipate that your intention would be to turn right/enter a right hand lane and that they could overtake you on the left.

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  • paulmh66  |  September 27 2012, 6:23PM

    I see the cyclists are putting the thumbs down on all the factually correct posts. If you think something is wrong with my posts, please feel free to say and not just blindly thumbs down it. As i stated, a car windscreen can be punched and shatter, it may of had a chip in it to help, bit a perfect windscreen can also shatter. Bring your car round and I will show you how, and it's not power it's technique, knowing where to punch. Also cyclists DO have too ride with due care and attention, face it, and abide by the rules ALL road users have too.

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  • haydntanner  |  September 27 2012, 5:20PM

    There is no law for obstructing traffic, thanks. show me evidence of anyone being prosecuted for slowing the traffic down on a bike. If I'm doing 20/30mph on a busy road I'm not going to ride on the drains because it will cause an accident if i'm having to swerve around them. you need to get over the fact that there are bikes on the road and we want respect. it all ready been said but your obviously ignoring it and living in your own little world so this is for you http://tinyurl.com/5eoz37 so next time you have to over take a bike follow the law if you want us too.

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  • pepsicolakid  |  September 27 2012, 1:01AM

    expect_us, boring cyclist...fact

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  • Phil_lip  |  September 27 2012, 12:55AM

    haydntanner, I may not ride much these days, but living on dartmoor when I was growing up, a 50 mile a day ride around the roads, and another 20 or so off road was the norm, ontop of that is the paper rounds I did as a youngster before and after school of at least 25-30 miles a day. So Thanks, I had a really good knowledge of the law of the road by the time I was 12, then I learnt how to pass my test at 17 (as that is what lessons do, not how to drive) and another 5 years cycling, obviously 23 years later (and many years after 17 I still cycled) I am glad of the skills and knowledge I learnt when I wasn't even a teenager. As you say, don't attempt to judge someone without knowing about them or whatever it was. Yes there is one part in section 66 that clearly says be considerate of other road users, it also goes on to say at the end of the section on cyclists that they should read the rest of the highway code because all of it applies to them. There is also guidance about the safe use of the road which many cyclists don't have a clue about in section 160 "keep to the left, unless road signs or markings indicate otherwise. The exceptions are when you want to overtake, turn right or pass parked vehicles or pedestrians in the road" and in section 74 "On the right. If you are turning right, check the traffic to ensure it is safe, then signal and move to the centre of the road. Wait until there is a safe gap in the oncoming traffic and give a final look before completing the turn. It may be safer to wait on the left until there is a safe gap or to dismount and push your cycle across the road." meaning riders must stay left if they can and only move out when they need to turn right, or avoid something. When I made that post I meant section 68 where it clearly says "YOU MUST NOT {a legal requirement under law} - ride in a dangerous, careless or inconsiderate manner". While you are not asked to produce your license before you buy a car, it is presumed you have one, or the car is for someone that does. The same does not go for cyclists and with the opinion you have of being allowed to ride anywhere on the road clearly shows you do not understand the laws of the road. No one expects a cyclist to ride within a few inches of the pavement but the highway code (if you read it) clearly says stay to the left at a safe distance for yourself as I have shown above but not to be in the middle of the road like an idiot or anywhere you like as you clearly stated in the post earlier.

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  • Banditburner  |  September 27 2012, 12:52AM

    It's a pedantic comment but could I just make the point that the Highway Code is not 'the law'. The legislation is the Road Traffic Act and where this is implemented by the Highway Code the relevant clause will saw you 'must' do something. If the code says you 'should' do something then it is only advice and you may chose to do something else.......

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  • mcspredder  |  September 26 2012, 11:04PM

    Surely the provision of cycle lanes on roads has backfired on cyclists as most drivers now have a good idea of the amount of free space cyclists are entitled to? Also, does the recommendation in the ighway code that slow vehicles pull over to allow other traffic to pass not apply to cyclists? Perhaps all bikes should be geared to allow 40mph.

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  • BeeryUSA  |  September 26 2012, 11:03PM

    What was the motorist doing 'approaching' a cyclist who was riding in the middle of the road (by which I have to assume the author means the middle of the lane)? It is perfectly legal to ride in the middle of the lane - many cyclists do it to stay safe, because many motorists have a habit of passing dangerously close. Riding in 'primary position' (as it's called) prevents close passes. No motorist should 'approach' a cyclist for doing this. Such an action can only be seen for what it is - bullying.

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