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Road rage on Monaro today almost killed us

By lucifuge 20 September 2014 35

My partner and I are very lucky to be alive this afternoon….

At approx 3:10pm this afternoon, we experienced horrific road rage directed at us on the Monaro Hwy. It happened in the direction going from Civic to Hume about 1km or so of the Alexander Maconochie Centre. An “electric blue” coloured ute (pretty sure it was a like a 2009-ish Ford with hardtop rear cover + spoiler) had been tailgating us aggressively. My partner was driving and she commented on how close it was, I glanced and was shocked as it appeared to be really close to us. We were in the overtaking lane and was intending to pass one final car and allow him (yes, young male) to pass. He immediately accelerates and drives between us and the car we were passing. Side by side to us, he swerves into our car and nudges us off the road at 100kph. My girlfriend realises she is heading straight towards a tree and manages to brilliantly steer past it just missing and a subsequent tree. We came to a stop after some time and were both obviously shaken up and sickened by what had happened. The rage was so high he didn’t even car he was damaging his own car in the process.

It was all so fast an unfortunately no chance of no. plate recognition. But he left blue paint on the our passenger front wheel so he must white on his panel. We both are feeling shaken up and quite sick in the stomach. Made a police report and another lady stopped which was nice, got her details for insurance as a witness.

This is stab in the dark, but if anyone witnessed this event and may have any further information please post back.

 

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lucifuge 3:43 pm 23 Sep 14

Carby – I’ve msg’d you on FB, can you see it?

Carby said :

Could the OP please PM me, I’d like to confirm something about the vehicle in question regarding a similar experience with a vehicle that sounds fairly close.

Skelinoz 3:39 pm 23 Sep 14

Agreed KB, Legislation is made probably by those who will never drive, like supermarket shelves are designed by people who will never have to fill them!

KB1971 3:25 pm 23 Sep 14

Skelinoz said :

KB poor example by me, apologies.

No biggie.

Its a pretty common assumption and the example in the road rules raised my eyebrows. Everybody (including myself once apon a time) thinks just because a car is doing 10km/h under the limit its obstructing traffic, which it is in a sense but not by the intent of the legislation, which is the crux of the issue.

Skelinoz 2:05 pm 23 Sep 14

KB poor example by me, apologies.

KB1971 1:04 pm 23 Sep 14

Skelinoz said :

I have heard of the “hogging the right hand lane is ok” law in the ACT but never been pointed in the direction of the legislation other than urban myth that actually covers it. I then went one step further and asked a Police friend of mine the facts. You can indeed sit in the right hand lane at your pleasure, but you cant impede traffic behind you, IE you cant sit in a 80 zone doing 50.
I have never heard of a law that allows you to ignore a road sign indicating the left lane is for left turning traffic only but you can ignore it if the right hand lane is full and can therefore use the left lane to undertake the queue and push (because your not merging) your way back in a meter before the roundabout.

There is a section on obstructing traffic in the ARRs. The example provided in the legislation is that a vehicle travelling at 20km/h would be obstructing traffic, not 50.

50 in an 80 zone would be quite reasonable, car towing a caravan up a hill for example, I could not see a copper booking someone for that.

Skelinoz 10:54 am 23 Sep 14

I have heard of the “hogging the right hand lane is ok” law in the ACT but never been pointed in the direction of the legislation other than urban myth that actually covers it. I then went one step further and asked a Police friend of mine the facts. You can indeed sit in the right hand lane at your pleasure, but you cant impede traffic behind you, IE you cant sit in a 80 zone doing 50.
I have never heard of a law that allows you to ignore a road sign indicating the left lane is for left turning traffic only but you can ignore it if the right hand lane is full and can therefore use the left lane to undertake the queue and push (because your not merging) your way back in a meter before the roundabout.

lucifuge 10:21 am 23 Sep 14

Obviously this thread has the potential to explode in a variety of directions, and I for one appreciate the passion people have, but can we please keep discussion specifically relevant to the case in hand.

Antagonist 10:17 am 23 Sep 14

Mysteryman said :

Also, advancing down an empty lane and merging further ahead is not illegal. You can’t write someone a ticket for that.

I actually think people like yourself who don’t know the road rules are equally as big a problem on our roads as those who are just plain inconsiderate.

I think you nailed it right there. It is not illegal to be an impatient, rude and pushy douche. There is no such thing as courtesy or manners on the roads anymore. I wonder how many of them would still be rude and pushy if they were outside of a car, like in a shopping centre? No wait – they are rude there too. The difference being that I can say something to their face in a shopping centre …

Mysteryman 9:36 am 23 Sep 14

Skelinoz said :

Its not rocket science, the ACT in general is severely lacking in Traffic Patrol Cars, Get more police presence out on the roads to hopefully remove idiots like this from our roads. Sit by the side of the road and start ticketing people for traffic offences such as the right hand lane hogger who pulls into the right hand lane and then goes slower than the traffic he has pulled out to overtake. Erindale Drive at the roadworks, park a Police car at the bottom of the hill now and again, and ticket those that come hurtling down the hill in the left turn lane only, passing stationary traffic in the right hand lane and then barge there way across at the last moment. Do it a few times and Canberra drivers will soon get the message.

Are you aware that “hogging” the right hand lane is only illegal in a few parts of the ACT? Specifically where the speed limit is greater than 80km/h (not many roads) or where there are signs that clearly say “keep left unless overtaking” (of which there are even fewer roads).

Also, advancing down an empty lane and merging further ahead is not illegal. You can’t write someone a ticket for that.

I actually think people like yourself who don’t know the road rules are equally as big a problem on our roads as those who are just plain inconsiderate.

HiddenDragon 9:32 pm 22 Sep 14

Skelinoz said :

Its not rocket science, the ACT in general is severely lacking in Traffic Patrol Cars, Get more police presence out on the roads to hopefully remove idiots like this from our roads. Sit by the side of the road and start ticketing people for traffic offences such as the right hand lane hogger who pulls into the right hand lane and then goes slower than the traffic he has pulled out to overtake. Erindale Drive at the roadworks, park a Police car at the bottom of the hill now and again, and ticket those that come hurtling down the hill in the left turn lane only, passing stationary traffic in the right hand lane and then barge there way across at the last moment. Do it a few times and Canberra drivers will soon get the message.

That’s the thing, though – the police never seem to be in the right place. By comparison, the point-to-point cameras on Hindmarsh Drive do seem to have brought about a general reduction in aggressive driving on that stretch of road.

lucifuge 8:48 pm 22 Sep 14

I’m really leaning towards it sounding like an V8 and possibly a worked one at that, It really roared as it past and in the distance. If I had to guess, possibly a resident of the Tuggeranong valley. Just from a gut feeling we were with the traffic going home of an afternoon….., but that’s pure speculation my part.

The closest I can come up with from best recall is something like this.

….the images are NOT the actual car, but simply represent example pics I found on the internet…..

http://img.drive.com.au/drive_images/Editorial/2008/02/15/XR8-Styleside_L_700.jpg

http://liveimages.carsales.com.au/carsales/car/private/cp4700252683811601823.jpg?height=700&aspect=FitWithinNoPad&width=1050

Noteworthy is the electric/mica blue, wing, ACT plates (blue text /white background). The headlights sort of ring true with me as well. My gf now remembers the driver was s single male, possibly 20’s with shortish hair and round dark glasses. The other thing I can’t stress enough is that when I speak of tailgating, this guy was REALLY close. This a really aggressive driver and should stand out bigtime. I would imagine people should take note of that feature alone and remember this discussion. Please grab the number plate if you can!

bigred 7:38 pm 22 Sep 14

The report on here will have been read by all the police who visit and they will now be talking about it/on the lookout for it.

lucifuge 6:01 pm 22 Sep 14

Carby said :

Could the OP please PM me, I’d like to confirm something about the vehicle in question regarding a similar experience with a vehicle that sounds fairly close.

cant see how to PM you. maybe i need higher access? happy to chat somehow though

watto23 5:55 pm 22 Sep 14

Pitchka said :

Skelinoz said :

Its not rocket science, the ACT in general is severely lacking in Traffic Patrol Cars, Get more police presence out on the roads to hopefully remove idiots like this from our roads. Sit by the side of the road and start ticketing people for traffic offences such as the right hand lane hogger who pulls into the right hand lane and then goes slower than the traffic he has pulled out to overtake. Erindale Drive at the roadworks, park a Police car at the bottom of the hill now and again, and ticket those that come hurtling down the hill in the left turn lane only, passing stationary traffic in the right hand lane and then barge there way across at the last moment. Do it a few times and Canberra drivers will soon get the message.

Valid point…. I see more Police doing radar sped testing on my way to work at 3am weekdays, then i do during normal work hours..

Agree too much emphasis on speed cameras and speeding in general. More police would mean more people getting caught for bad driving. Bad driving at the speed limit is probably more dangerous than catching someone doing a few kmph over the limit.

Leonard 4:09 pm 22 Sep 14

Maybe use google images search using words like ‘blue ford ute’ and then save the image that closes matches what you saw. Then post the image (pointing out this is a not the actual ute in question!)

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