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GoPro captures road rage as alleged victim fights back (and wins)

Technically Incorrect: A video of a motorist getting angry at a motorcyclist depicts an instance of a man getting more than he bargained for. Almost 9 million YouTube viewers have checked it out.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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It's all about to get worse. Stealthy Aban/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Why is it that when we're behind the wheel, that's exactly when our mental wheels come off?

So what if another driver has done something we don't like? So what if cyclists exist? In seconds they will be gone.

Yet, in what is possibly the best (and even only) defense of self-driving cars, we lose our tempers and behave very badly.

One such example involves a man on a motorcycle who was accosted by an angry man in a car. We don't know what happened before the July 11 incident in Yuma, Arizona. We do know that the driver got out of his car and began to throw his weight around at the biker and his girlfriend.

The biker, though, was wearing a GoPro. (Why do people do this? I have no idea.) He captured the action as the driver stopped at a stoplight and confronted him.


There was pushing, and punches were thrown -- by the driver (identified by police, the Yuma Sun reports, as 51-year-old Lee Schismenos).

The biker, identified by ABC News as 24-year-old Cody Munoz, tried to restrain him. Simultaneously, Munoz pleaded he'd done nothing to the man. However, as he tried to defend himself, he had to pin Schismenos, whose rage was unabated, to the ground. All the time, Munoz's words sound reasonable. Still, Schismenos rages.

ABC News quotes the police report as saying that Munoz may have cut Schismenos off (though in the video Munoz says he merely drove between cars).

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Regardless, is it possible to justify Schismenos' rage?

I have contacted Yuma police to ask how they will now proceed. However, the Yuma Sun says Schismenos may now face charges of disorderly conduct; endangerment; threatening and intimidating; assault; and driving under the influence. (He also wound up with a broken ankle.)

Before cameras came along, such incidents depended on reliable eyewitnesses. And such eyewitnesses didn't always want to testify in court. The simple fact that Munoz was wearing a camera means he had ready-made evidence to present to the police.

Almost 9 million people have already viewed that evidence on YouTube.

And all because someone appears to have lost their temper over something that was surely not worth it.