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Yes - next time he might end up killing someone 18 94.74%
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Did I do the right thing?

Coming into work yesterday I was following a large flat-bed lorry (the type building supplies are delivered on with a crane on the back), down the Ruthin Road.

We were doing about 50 to 60, when a car pulled out from a side road. The car behind this one (a Fiesta) was a bit cheeky, and pulled out too. Unfortunately the first car didn't accelerate very quickly.

All the lorry driver really had to do was take his foot of the accelerator, and perhaps brake a bit - but instead he kept his foot down until he was right up the rear of the Fiesta, and then sounded his horn for about 10 seconds or so.

The road then splits into three lanes at a set of traffic light. The fiesta and the other car went into the left hand lane to turn onto the A483 that the Ruthin Road crosses. The lorry kept in the middle lane to go straight on, level to the Fiesta, and I was behind it.

As the lights turned to green the lorry suddenly veered left, making the fiesta brake and take evasive action, then the lorry veered back to the right and continued straight on.

Okay, the lorry driver had the right to be annoyed, but he was driving very aggressively and using his vehicle, a large lorry, as a weapon. Perhaps the car driver had given him the V's or something having had the lorry stuck up his ar5e - I don't know, but I thought someone needed to speak to the lorry driver to let him know his agressive driving was out of order.

So, I telephoned the police - did I do the right thing?

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Re: Did I do the right thing?

Yep, absolutely.
Having to spend quite a bit of time on the road myself, I have very little time for agressive/dangerous driving from lorry drivers. Sure he had a right to be annoyed, but at the end of the day he's in charge of a weapon that doesn't have the responses to play stupid games like that and should know better.

Don't even get me started on the 3 mile overtakes on the M11 either
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Yes, you did the right thing.
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yep, you sure did.
I did it a few months back, reporting a dangerously driven van to the company it belonged to! They even replied back saying the matter will be dealt with upon the drivers return! Now whether the Police actually do something is open to debate, and driving a wagon with company logo's and numbers on sort of makes the driver responsible for his companies image IMO, so they have a right to know soon as.

To x0ted, I am with you on the M11 thing..................
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Yeh Gary, no doubt.
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Re: Did I do the right thing?

Yes you did the right thing; the actions of the lorry driver could have caused an accident and perhaps even death

However, I think the police will do sweet FA
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To be honest Gary we all know how much effort the police will put into this matter.....

To be fair it is not on thier high priorities in the real sense with all these stabbings and shootings that are going on....so may be my above comment a bit harsh...


You may want to try what I did once which is to phone up the company involved that owns the lorry if you got that....and phone them up...you could make a complaint....

However was in such a rage that I threatened that if I ever saw that driver again I would drag him from his cab and batter him senseless...

As I had the Reg etc....the Girl transferred me to some manager who said that he would have a word with the guy.....

I don't know what it is with society but being nice no longer counts for anything....you have to behave like an Ar5ehole to get common justice...

Oh and I was a real Ar5ehole ....but I am sure I got my point across..



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Yeah you probably did the right thing.



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You did the right thing Gary
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definitely the right and honourable thing to do, gary too many idiots on the road thinking they're judge dredd
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Yes you did the right thing. Too many lorry drivers seem to think the size of the vehicle can be used to intimidate other road users.
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You may sleep ok tonight!
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Re: Did I do the right thing?

Yes, for sure. I'd have done the same. The attitude of some lorry drivers stinks, I saw something similar a few days ago but it didn't get anywhere near as bad as this...... he should be banned, and sod the consequences for him & his family, he could easily have caused a big accident there.

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Letís remember not ALL lorry drivers do this - there are some responsible lorry drivers as part of the AO fraternity...



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Absolutely the right thing. It might have been a good idea to call his firm too. Annoyed or not, his attitude and reaction was possibly more dangerous than what the slow cars did.
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Letís remember not ALL lorry drivers do this - there are some responsible lorry drivers as part of the AO fraternity...
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Absolutely right, I've edited my post accordingly! Sorry for the sweeping generalisation, no offence meant!
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Absolutely the right thing. It might have been a good idea to call his firm too. Annoyed or not, his attitude and reaction was possibly more dangerous than what the slow cars did.
Yeah - I would have called his firm, but never really saw anything but the back of the lorry.
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Re: Did I do the right thing?

Probably did the right thing, but b*gger all will be done about it.

But then my pet hate is people pulling out or doing manouervres that cause me to need to brake or change course, the Fiesta driver needs teaching a lesson, but running him off the road in a lorry is the wrong course of action to take.
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