Maneuvering through construction zones and driving on crowded roads is hard enough without also having to deal with reckless drivers.

Road Warrior reader Erica Brown turned her anger into action, and tells us how she did it.

Dear Road Warrior,

On Oct. 1 at 5:15 p.m. a driver on Westbound River Road in Santa Rosa passed 25 cars waiting behind traffic. The cars were backed up, as the left hand turn lane at Fulton and River Roads was filling up the single lane of traffic.

This approximately 50-year-old female, driving a late model Subaru Forester. I got the license plate number, with registration of April 2014, metallic light blue in color, passes these cars on the right, hard shoulder. Many drivers were irate with this person, and many tried to block her and tailgate her for miles down the road.

I was angry as well, but just kept a safe distance from the horseplay and when eventually I was right behind her, my husband in the passenger seat wrote down her plate and registration info and I looked as closely as possible in her driver’s side-mirror to get a description. She turned left between Berry’s Market and Hacienda bridge.

It is so disheartening to see the ripple effect that this breakdown in the rules of civil society causes. I am sure there are at least 15  people still relating the story in a raised voice to someone as I write this.  It was also causing dangerous conditions for all of the drivers that we passed (going both directions) along the way, due to the “retribution” being meted out by the drivers she enraged.

As soon as I got home, I reported the above to the CHP, via their website.  I suggest that everyone do the same.  Be safe, but you don’t have to take it.  Email CHP, post the factual report on Facebook and ask your friends to share it. — Erica Brown


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