Karma Police: Cop comes to the defense of tailgated cyclist

Officer tells cyclist ‘I want you to know I care’

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Amidst the internet-propelled imagery of jerks “rolling coal,” vile cup holder commentary and attempted vehicular manslaughter aimed at cyclists that have been making the rounds lately, we’ve found a ray of hope in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, Ill.

A cyclist named Kevin Selagea was riding his bike when a motorist began to tailgate him despite what appears to be an open lane in which to pass and very light traffic. Selagea then passes a police car and moments later hears the officer’s horn signaling a pull-over. The officer, however, wasn’t pulling Salega over, but rather the offending tailgater.

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The video ends with the officer asking for the driver’s license and proof of insurance as the officer says to Selagea “I want you to know I care about you.”

If you have anything to say to the Skokie Police Department about the incident, here is the link to their Facebook Page.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born editorial director Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and pedaling for Mtbr, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.



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  • kevin onizuka says:

    The cyclist was a few over the speed limit too. Bike justice!

  • j says:

    I’m just curious though (I am an avid cyclist), why was he in the middle of the lane?

    • Wayne Lockett says:

      Some cities allow cyclists to use the full lane. Here in santa monica, ca they mark the full lane with a painted cycling symbol. The city has a mixture of full lanes on some streets , and smaller bike specific lanes painted green and white on some others.

    • Anthony says:

      I tend to do this on busy streets as well. Typically, the closer you ride to the curb the less room passing motorists give you. If you ride in the middle of the lane then there is no way for two cars to pass side by side, forcing motorists out of your lane and usually giving you a bit of extra room.

    • Rhonda Lee says:

      j: Cyclists sometimes ride in the middle of the lane because it’s safer for them. It’s called “taking the lane” and is legal in most states. Riding in the middle prevents drivers behind them from thinking they can squeeze by in the same lane to pass. It forces drivers to use the left lane.

  • Jay says:

    If he is cruising at 32 mph on the flat he should be in France doing a time trial tomorrow. That’s kilometers per hour or he has a motor.

    • Ken says:

      he wasnt cruising at 32 mph, he was sprinting for his life. The guy in the silver Honda CRV was inches from his back wheel. He sustained 32 mph for under a minute. I can do 30+ mph for under a minute as well, but thats about it. I am nowhere near TDF TT speeds

      They can hold 55 kph for over 7 km, Kevin in the video here held 51 kph for a few hundred meters.

  • Jim says:

    Listen to the audio. He tells the PO that he was speeding because the car was so close to him, about six inches behind him. I am impressed at his speed in the flats, but unless he can sustain that for the next 50 miles, it won’t get him into the pro peloton.

  • jason says:

    Seems to me that the CRV driver is peeved b/c he/she tried to pass the cyclist at one point but he sprinted right when the vehicle came up on him…seemed intentional to me, but hey that’s a subjective viewpoint. It’s great that the vehicle was tagged for being a jerk-off, but let’s be real here and admit that the vehicle should ALWAYS have the right-of-way on a public road; the stuidest thing a cyclist can do is try to battle with a car over one car-length or the next turn at a stop sign. Next time that awesome cop isn’t going to be around and that CRV is going do something stupid. Let cars do their thing, and stay out of their way.

    • Mike Latoris says:

      @jason – You have spoken like a true doofus, ignorant of both history and state law in all 50 US states.

      Public byway and tarmac alike, the travel by foot, cycle and horse predates the automobile. The right of travel by these means has been enshrined in common law.
      Conversely, driving is a privilege granted by the state due to the hazard imposed by heavy machinery hurtling down the road at relatively fast speeds. This is why automobile drivers are licensed, and may have licenses revoked when driving recklessly. Let the cars do their thing – drivers must drive responsibly as licensed by the state and yield to the sovereign travelers with whom they are being privileged to share the road.

    • Rhonda Lee says:

      jason: Cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers. This means that they have a right to the road as much as anyone else and are not required to “stay out of (cars’) way”.

  • Mack says:

    @ Mike L – Well Stated Mike!

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