Video Threats to Cyclists Get Driver Arrested
Keith Maddox apologizes for rants
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 25, 2014 5:32 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A series of angry viral videos has an Alabama man facing a reckless endangerment charge. Apparently fed up with cyclists slowing him down on the road, Keith Maddox posted videos in which he explains his feelings—and threatens those on bikes, the Raw Story reports. "You piece of crap!" he shouts while driving by one cyclist. "Ought to run him in the ditch is what I should have done."

"I’m gonna hurt one of them one of these days. Can’t help myself, I’m gonna do it," he says in another clip. Cyclist groups told police about the videos and Maddox was charged with the misdemeanor. On Facebook, however, he apologized about "those absolute stupid videos that I posted," adding that he wouldn't actually hurt anybody. "Please everyone share the road and be very aware of bicycle riders everywhere." A local cycling association head said he'd accept the apology, the Anniston Star reports. "Many cyclists' first reaction will be to scream for the guy's head," Bobby Phillips said. "But that's not going to help anybody and could drive biking and non-biking people further apart."

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Tony
May 28, 2014 8:09 PM CDT
The first paved roads may have been for cyclists, but until they pay road use taxes, fees equal to fuel taxes, registration fees and vehicle license fees, they should find another place for their road hogging vehicles. Also, if anyone wants to know why the roads are in such bad shape, remember that our highway funds are what are used to pay for all the walking paths, river walks, city beautification roadways and transportation museums that our great politicians use to buy our votes.
westword6
May 26, 2014 3:47 PM CDT
Fact: The first paved roads were intended for -- bicyclists. Those of you who resent cyclists might want to remember this, the next time you're tooling down the highway.
AznPandaMan
May 26, 2014 3:28 PM CDT
bike life