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Biker Dad: Epic car vs. bike road rage caught on camera

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A GoPro video of a motorcyclist and a car driver having a dangerous altercation is stirring debate on social media.

The video shot in South Florida by YouTube user Roni g shows the entire encounter unfold. The video is called "Road rage and getting assaulted." But, many are questioning Roni g's part in the situation escalating to the point that the encounter not only put the two main participants in danger, but other drivers too. 

After the initial incident, where the car sweeps across the road in front of the motorcycle, you can see the motorcyclist speed away against traffic. He nearly hits several cars head on. 

After several minutes of dangerous riding, the car driver catches up, leans out the window screaming, and takes a swipe at the motorcycle rider. The driver of the car spoke to Miami television station WPLG, saying the rider had broken his car mirror and he was trying to get a license plate.

For his part, the rider explains all of this in a comment on his YouTube Channel: “Please understand everyone, that I’m not an experienced rider, I will admit when I am wrong. All of this stuff wasn’t on purpose but an attempt to get away, I didn’t chose to get on to on coming traffic, he blocked my path on both lanes, I didn’t want to harm myself or other people, which is exactly what happened, no one got hurt, everyone, even the guy goes home. A police report is the most I will do. No one got hurt everyone goes home. That’s the end goal. If I was more experienced then yes it could have been differently. But I was in fear of my life, and panicking.”

Let's be honest here for a moment. No matter who is in the wrong, this kind of behavior is bad for everyone. It gives drivers and bikers a bad name and puts us and others on the road in danger. A motorcycle is no match for any car when it comes to a crash. We are approaching May, which is Motorcycle Awareness Month. Yes, we target drivers of cars with the message to "watch out for motorcycles." But we also need to preach to the choir. We are responsible for our own safety first on the roads. Defensive riding is just as important as defensive driving.

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Chris Best is the Assistant News Director for WMC Action News 5. He's a husband and father of four, He's also a motorcycle enthusiast.

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