It’s common enough to the point of routine: Every few weeks or so, a new video emerges that shows a driver menacing a cyclist in a case of road rage. But what if the situation escalates, and the cyclist has a chance to fight back?
Footage out of Singapore this week shows what can happen when an irate driver leaves the relative safety of their vehicle to physically threaten a person on a bike. Posted by SG Road Vigilante, a safe-streets advocacy group, the video captures the moment when a driver attempts to run down a cyclist, leaves his truck with what appears to be a weapon, and charges at his target—only to have the cyclist drop him in one punch.
The video begins mid-argument with the cyclist reprimanding the driver, who turns his truck and drives in the rider’s direction. The cyclist, who has dismounted, then carries his road bike to the sidewalk and appears to try walking away.
That’s when the driver parks his truck, rushes out, and runs toward the cyclist with an object in his hand. But seconds later, the cyclist knocks the aggressor flat with a single left hook to the head. The driver then sits up but stays on the ground with his hand to his face, while the rider mounts his bike and pedals away.
SG Road Vigilante
According to The Straits Times, an English-language Singapore newspaper, police later arrested the 32-year-old driver and charged him with a “rash act” that endangered others. If convicted, he faces up to six months in jail and up to a $2,500 (roughly $1,850 USD) fine.
The 55-year-old cyclist is reportedly cooperating with police, but may face a charge of “voluntarily causing hurt” that can also carry jail time (up to two years) and a fine (up to $5,000, or about $3,710 USD). But Singapore does have a self-defense law that applies so long as the victim does not “inflict more harm than is necessary” in defending themselves.
The incident happened Sunday morning on Jalan Eunos, a major thoroughfare east of central Singapore. Police said the argument began when the driver overtook the cyclist and nearly veered into him.
If confronted with road rage, cyclists should do everything they can to diffuse the situation or use their bike’s maneuverability to disengage. Should it come to self-defense, put your bike between yourself and the driver and try to only match the level of force being used against you.
From: Bicycling US
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