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Old 04-08-2009, 06:26 PM   #21
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You need to call the police immediately when you notice someone following you, and whatever you do, DO NOT GO HOME with someone following you, and DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR CAR. You were in serious danger driving to your home and getting out and confronting the crazy person. There are laws against road rage, but the laws cannot help you if you are dead because someone has let their temper get too far out of control and they happen to have a gun handy.

Get a cell phone if you don't already have one.
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And, for everybody, PLEASE STAY ALERT AND OBSERVANT, in any situation. Nobody would ever, EVER be able to follow me home without my knowing it, because my eyes are constantly roaming in the rearview mirror, and keeping an eye on everything around me. There have been times when a car was driving too close behind me for too long of a time (making the same turns I was making, etc.) at night, and I have deliberately made steps to NOT go home because of it. Nothing ever came of the incidents; they all ended up just being coincidences. But I don't take any chances.

I don't even like when people ride flush with me (side-by-side) for long periods of time. I either deliberately slow down, change lanes or get out of the way (safely, of course).

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Old 04-08-2009, 06:36 PM   #22
 
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The best thing to do if you think you're being followed (especially by someone as obviously hostile as this) is to drive to a local police or fire station. There's always someone at a police or fire station, there's usually ample lighting that will intimidate most people away from messing with you. And RCW is right, you shouldn't even get out of your car in this circumstance.

You clearly know the make of the car, and presumably got a good look at the woman... I'd report her to the police. If you don't, and she follows through on her threats, it'll be that much more difficult for her to get what's coming to her. Plus, you don't know if she makes a habit of intimidating people on the road... if people don't report when someone threatens them, it's that much more difficult to get a crazy person off the roads.
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Today when I was driving home from class I was followed home by a girl because according to her I cut her off. After I pulled out I noticed that the car behind me was tailgating me and the girl driving was screaming and giving me the middle finger. She was at the top of a hill when I pulled out so unless she was going 50 mph in a 25 mph zone there is no way I cut her off. She continued to follow me and I was starting to get worried because she pulled up behind me when I got to my apartment. She got out of her car and starting screaming at me to learn how to drive. Eventually she said "I got your license plate number so I hope nothing bad happens to your car". Then she backed all the way out of the parking lot so that I could not get her license number. I don't think that she is going to come back but seriously who does that??
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I did not realize that she was following me home until I pulled in. The reason I was questioning it was because she had a car very similar to someone else who lives in my complex so I thought that maybe it was the same person. If I had gotten her number I would have absolutely called the cops right away.
If you could see her giving you the finger after you pulled out, you didn't recognize her as the same car that was following you?

Perhaps I am overly paranoid, but if a car seems to be following me and I am on my way home, I go a different route to see if the car keeps following me...most of the time, the car turns at the next street... better to be safe than sorry.
I know it seems dumb, but it didn't even occur to me that she was following me HOME. I was less than a mile from my apartment and the route I take is taken by a lot of other people.

ETA: I obviously could see her driving behind me the whole time, but like I said it is a very common road for people to take so it did not really seem strange that she was still behind me until she turned into the apartment complex with me.
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Old 04-08-2009, 08:46 PM   #24
 
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I did not realize that she was following me home until I pulled in. The reason I was questioning it was because she had a car very similar to someone else who lives in my complex so I thought that maybe it was the same person. If I had gotten her number I would have absolutely called the cops right away.

OK. I can see how you didn't know it was her. Once you realized it was the road-rage-woman, though, you should have immediately gotten back in your car and not engaged her, at all, and opened your phone and dialed 911. You've got to shut down these types of people and not engaging them is the fastest way to do that. Don't try to reason with them. Don't try to argue or present your own witnesses. You need to ignore their tirades and call the police.

Bullies need a victim, and if you won't talk to them, it frustrates them more than anything you could say to them. If you then use your phone to be proactive to protect yourself, it takes all the air out of their sails and they skulk away like the lowlifes that they are.
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If you're being followed don't drive home, drive to a police station or a very public place where you're less likely to get attacked
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Sorry, this is a bit OT, but when you say you couldn't get her license no. because she backed out, don't cars have license plates front and back in the US?
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Sorry, this is a bit OT, but when you say you couldn't get her license no. because she backed out, don't cars have license plates front and back in the US?
Not all states require front and back plates.
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Sorry, this is a bit OT, but when you say you couldn't get her license no. because she backed out, don't cars have license plates front and back in the US?
Not all states require front and back plates.
I know at least mine didn't used to - I remember sometime when I was in high school or maybe middle someone in my family talking about it.
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Sorry, this is a bit OT, but when you say you couldn't get her license no. because she backed out, don't cars have license plates front and back in the US?

The USA is like 50 little countries, rather than one country, so many laws vary by state. Many states only require a license plate on the rear of the car.
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I live in AZ, and no they do not require a front plate.
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OK, thanks, just curious! It seems abit odd to me but I guess it's just what I'm used to.

RCW, our few states have different rules, their own governments etc, I think it's OTT.
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