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Convicted: Dr. Road Rage Thompson

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Christopher Thompson, 60, is convicted of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon and other charges in the crash that injured cyclists Ron Peterson and Christian Stoehr on Mandeville Canyon Road in 2008. – Via LAtimes.com
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It’s fair that the Doc. was hit with heavy charges and I believe it sets a much needed example.  People like Christopher Thompson need to know that there are serious convictions that await them if they attack cyclists.  As cycling continues to grow in the US, road rage will become a more prominent issue.  I hope that this very public trial at least serves to inform the greater public about driving safely around cyclists.

I guess at the root of it, I’m still not sure why so many motorists are angered by cyclists.  I know that there are cyclists who can be irksome at times, but not any more than the average motorist.  I believe that it might be something deeper, something more cultural… maybe some are frustrated with a changing norm or what they perceive to be a sub-culture.  Yet, we would do well to remember (as I posted earlier) that 89 percent of cyclists own at least one car… so we’re not all that different!

The three-week trial in the Superior Court’s airport branch was watched closely by bicycle riders around the country, many of whom viewed the case as a test of the justice system’s commitment to protecting cyclists. The July 4, 2008, crash also highlighted simmering tensions between cyclists and motorists on Mandeville Canyon Road, the winding five-mile residential street where the crash took place… – Full Article Here

Ride & Drive with Love, Not Hate!

– Salty Dog

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Written by yellow fork

November 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm

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