Video: Alabama driver arrested after posting anti-cyclist rants

"I’m going to hurt one of them one of these days"

by John Stevenson   May 28, 2014  

Keith Maddox (Source Calhoun County Sheriff's Department)

A driver from Alabama USA has been arrested after posting incriminating videos of himself online, first ranting about cyclists and then allegedly attempting to scare a pair of cyclists with a close pass.

According to The Aniston Star, Calhoun County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Keith Maddox of Piedmont after complaints from cyclists about Maddox’s videos, in which he rants about cyclists getting in his way as he drives to work.

After passing one rider, Maddox can be heard saying “I’m going to hurt one of them one of these days, I can’t help it. I’m going to do it, I can’t help it.”

In his most recent video, after Maddox pulls alongside a pair of riders, he is heard to say: “That scare ya boys? Get your pedalin’ butts off the road. God I hate cyclists.”

Maddox has been charged with misdemeanour reckless endangerment.

YouTube user Jeff McCord compiled Maddox’s three videos - apparently filmed using a handheld mobile phone - into one clip:

Maddox has since removed the videos from his Facebook page and issued an apology.

He wrote: “I want to publicly apologize to all people that I have offended over those absolute stupid videos that I posted ... anybody who knows me knows that would never ever intentionally hurt anyone. I am truly sorry for anyone I may have offended ... and please everyone share the road and be very aware of bicycle riders everywhere.”

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Losing my faith in humanity one car driver at a time.

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [591 posts]
28th May 2014 - 12:12

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Obviously it is road.cc's duty to highlight this things and yes, it does not exactly help as it makes these things look common place BUT things arent as bad as it seems!

posted by SB76 [80 posts]
28th May 2014 - 12:33

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1 word. 2 syllables. Redneck.

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posted by gazpacho [83 posts]
28th May 2014 - 12:35

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I believe Alabama is one of those states that permits the carrying of side arms. It's good the police had words of advice with him before he used his car as a weapon against some one who decided shoot back.

posted by MKultra [228 posts]
28th May 2014 - 12:35

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I'm a bad person, I found that quite inappropriately funny.

I think we can safely say he has issues. If that were in the UK, I think we'd skip the road use issue and jump straight to mental health.

posted by bikebot [556 posts]
28th May 2014 - 12:58

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SB76 wrote:
Obviously it is road.cc's duty to highlight this things and yes, it does not exactly help as it makes these things look common place BUT things arent as bad as it seems!

Tell that to the shite who nearly killed me the other day and the one just before that, one a few days ago and the one after that.... etc...

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posted by Leodis [214 posts]
28th May 2014 - 13:17

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On an average training ride I will have 2 or 3 bad motorists out of the 200 I meet on Lancashire Lanes on a 50 mile Sunday ride. Having ridden in London, Essex and Hertfordshire regularly in the past I'm lucky to live now in what I consider to be a lower risk area.

Out of those that pass too close, or overtake on blind bends, are going too fast for the road or pulling out in front of me - I would say 70% are in a hurry and don't want to share the road. 25% are just bad drivers and don't realise they've even been dangerous. The last 5% are the characters reported on this site: utter sociopaths who would take pleasure in running me over and leave me for dead on a quiet road if they had no witnesses.

It's why I don't bother giving the finger anymore. If they don't come back for me they'll only take it out on the next cyclist they find.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1059 posts]
28th May 2014 - 13:34

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The PC Police have decreed that the term "redneck" is offensive.
The correct term nowadays is "Country music fan". Laughing

Ride like you're invisible, not invincible!

posted by Big Softy [16 posts]
28th May 2014 - 13:41

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Big Softy wrote:
The PC Police have decreed that the term "redneck" is offensive.
The correct term nowadays is "Country music fan". Laughing
Is there a shortened version of that starting with C?

posted by MKultra [228 posts]
28th May 2014 - 14:50

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You life, their hands. Be careful who you piss off behind the wheel, on a bike you're in no position to argue.

posted by Beaufort [164 posts]
28th May 2014 - 15:43

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Beaufort wrote:
You life, their hands. Be careful who you piss off behind the wheel, on a bike you're in no position to argue.

It's a serious but sad fact, that in some America states you will find cyclists having conversations about whether they should be carrying when they go for a ride. As always "for protection".

posted by bikebot [556 posts]
28th May 2014 - 16:23

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When are the BBC going to give him a show?

posted by FluffyKittenofT... [684 posts]
28th May 2014 - 17:01

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The fact he is a fully paid up moron is one thing......but he thinks he is getting held up??? How far out from the city does he live?

All Campag

posted by Flying Scot [557 posts]
28th May 2014 - 17:51

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It seems he's under the impression that the cyclists are riding for sport, which is why he's moaning about them being on the road during the hours when motorists are trying to get to work. And I assume the bike trails he references are dirt trails and not fit for a road bike.

posted by eurotrash [77 posts]
28th May 2014 - 18:44

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Umm, I think you'll find pretty much all of 'em do.

posted by Gordy748 [88 posts]
28th May 2014 - 18:58

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> It's a serious but sad fact, that in some America states you will find cyclists having conversations about whether they should be carrying when they go for a ride. As always "for protection".

The extra weight on a hill climb would be punitive, but firing backwards might give one an extra push up the hill, not to mention clearing out any competition trying to tag along on the KOM.

Charlie Horse

posted by ch [100 posts]
29th May 2014 - 5:35

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Given the video's widespread publicity, you can be sure that somewhere in Alabama, there's a cyclist is perfecting this technique...
http://www.imfdb.org/images/d/d3/TrueGritSAA-5.jpg

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posted by dafyddp [158 posts]
29th May 2014 - 9:11

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Please section this idiot Angry

PD

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posted by pd500 [3 posts]
29th May 2014 - 11:24

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What is completely absurd is that in none of the incidents videoed is the driver actually delayed. The oncoming lane is empty each time, and, there is in two cases (i think) a car ahead of the driver that limits his speed anyway, even if he did have to wait a few seconds before passing.

I frequently wonder why it is that drivers like this have reactions like this. There is no reason for the hatred.

I really feel that some countries/US states need to have a "sentenced to n months bicycle commuting" law. It would be infinitely more useful in the long run than putting people in jail or fining them as it would allow/force them to see the other side.

posted by durrin [16 posts]
29th May 2014 - 11:24

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If not cyclists then black people/women/disabled people etc. This bloke is just mr Angry with an inadequate life looking for someone to take it out on

posted by Dr Livingstone [22 posts]
29th May 2014 - 12:53

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I am absolutely flabbergasted that anyone believes these patently insincere apologies ..

'I am truly sorry for anyone I may have offended...'

No you're not, you worthless, pathetic, useless, impotent, snivelling pile of wank. You're sorry you got nicked, and are making sure that if it ever comes to court, the judge will see your 'remorse' and go easy on you.

'It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning' (Henry Ford)

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posted by cyclingDMlondon [224 posts]
29th May 2014 - 14:24

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durrin wrote:
I frequently wonder why it is that drivers like this have reactions like this. There is no reason for the hatred.

This is why the hatred cannot be addressed via 'education', despite the fluffy bunny discourse of (at various times) government ministers, cyclists and 'motoring groups'.

A large, motorized vehicle is power, and to paraphrase Noam Chomsky: people with power recognise one thing: violence.

'It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning' (Henry Ford)

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posted by cyclingDMlondon [224 posts]
29th May 2014 - 14:30

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"Holding me up!" as he then drives round them without so much as a pause. Weirdo.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3200 posts]
29th May 2014 - 15:29

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