SWFL motorcyclists weigh in on road rage

Posted at 7:33 PM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 07:03:22-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Southwest Florida motorcyclists want people to be more aware of the dangers of road rage, Tuesday, after a video of a road rage incident near Miami went viral.

The video showed a man and a motorcyclist playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse, as they cut each other off, swerved, and exchanged hand gestures

The pair got to a light and had an exchange before the motorcyclist smacked the drivers mirror and zoomed off. The driver then followed closely, forcing the motorcyclist to drive in the opposite lane for almost a minute.

"Oh my God, he just tried to hit him," said Michael Bohn at Sun Sport Cycle and Watercrafts, as Fox 4 showed him the video. "They make all motorcyclists look like idiots, like we're out there taunting and making it a game and it's not a game. It's very serious."

Other riders, like Kyle Kelly from American Cycle and Accessories said misunderstandings on the road are pretty common. "They cut you off, pull out in front of you, pull over to your lane without looking," he said.

However, Bohn has some advice for when that does happen. "You're on a motorcycle. It's hard to see. People are going to cut you off, not because their jerkis but it's just hard to see you," he said. "Calm yourself down, say hey, they obviously didn't see me. But I'm not going to lie, it makes you mad.." 

According to the Homestead Police Department, neither driver filed charges for the case.