Cyclists have been harassed by drivers for years with little to no recourse, but thanks to technology and changing attitudes among law enforcement, justice increasingly is being served: The driver who hassled two road cyclists in Colorado this week by following them and honking his horn obsessively for three minutes has been charged with four misdemeanors by the Colorado State Patrol.
Seventy-five year old James Ernst, 75, of Erie, Colorado, was cited for improper use of his horn, two counts of harassment, and — this is the most delightfully schadenfreudenistic part — impeding traffic. Ernst was caught on video by Dirk Friel, a former pro roadie, developer of TrainingPeaks software, and coach, who used his iPhone to capture the incident.
“I’m happy they were able to find [Ernst], and maybe something like this won’t happen again with him,” Friel told Bicycle Retailer.
CSP Trooper Joshua Mills said, “Together with victims and witnesses, CSP worked with the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office in an effort to find and correctly charge the alleged driver. The Colorado State Patrol wishes to remind everyone to share the road with courtesy with everyone, regardless whether they are pedestrians, bikers, or other motor vehicles.”