Asheville residents who see this coal rolling Dodge Ram are encouraged to take down the license plate and report it.
Presumed Asheville resident and Redditor /u/SecretMuslin posted up dashcam footage to the /r/IdiotsInCars subreddit showing a driver in a lifted Dodge Ram truck rolling coal on two cyclists and a pedestrian on purpose.
/u/SecretMuslin’s thread is linked here, with their video embedded below.
The incident happened in the 500 block of US-70 on College St. in Asheville, NC (exact location on Google Maps linked here.)
As the dashcam video shows, we can see the driver of the Ram stopped or moving slowly in the right lane of US-70 for several seconds.
It’s hard to make out in the video, but the channel drain at this exact spot of College St looks to be damaged and unrepaired since at least 2012.
While the cyclists try to bike as close to the edge of the road as possible, they’re forced towards the middle of the lane at this particular section, a move they’re legally allowed to do.
Annoyed that he can’t go anywhere, the Ram driver suddenly gasses it into the right lane, emitting a thick cloud of black, diesel smoke onto what’s revealed to be two cyclists near the edge of the road.
A pedestrian walking in the opposite direction ends up as collateral damage, forced to breathe in diesel exhaust particulate.
“I have to clean out my motorcycle helmet vents a couple times a year because trucks will do this to me intentionally. I don’t ride aggressively or anything either,” /u/Dignitty comments.
“His name’s Kyle and he always rinses his horseshoe lip out with Monster before he kisses his cousin,” /u/HerdM33 hilariously commented.
According to North Carolina’s General Statues, diesel vehicles that roll coal are in violation of § 20-128.1. Control of visible emissions.
If cited, they have 30 days to come into compliance before being fined.
If you’re like this North Carolina resident and see a truck rolling coal, the NC Environmental Equality division encourages you to note the license plate number and to report it online using their complaint form linked here ASAP (within two weeks of seeing it.)