I live in southern NH where I have my CCW and am almost always carrying, but I also work and visit friends/relatives in MA so I cross the border into MA at least 5-6 times a week. Getting my MA Non-res LTC has been on my to-do list but after what happened this morning it has been moved to the top of my list.
I was driving with my girlfriend and daughter to visit a family member in the hospital in MA. We were on I-495 near Haverhill traveling the speed limit in the center lane when a white Bronco driven by an older scruffy looking man in the right lane decided he just HAD to be in the middle lane. Only problem was, I was in his way. He crossed into my lane almost hitting me which I was able to avoid. I honked at him because I wasn't sure if he was just not paying attention or what and he got very irate.. I could see him yelling and screaming and giving me the finger. I kept going and maybe 1/4 mile down the highway he caught up with us again, came right up on my bumper, then swerved around on my right side and pulled up next to us. I could see him stare right at us as he tried swerving into our lane to side swipe us. I managed to maneuver out of the way before he actually hit my car. My girlfriend and I both went for our cells to call the police and the guy sped off the highway at the next exit. Luckily my girlfriend got his license plate to report him. She dialed 911 and after a quick account of what happened and his license plate number, was put on hold and transferred to the mass state police. She then told them the same quick account and his license plate number, and that was that. They didn't ask for her info or anything and didn't seem to be in all that of a hurry to deal with the road rage driver.
Most importantly we made it back home with only a story to tell, but it was definitely one of those moments that does not sit well. This guy showed intent to harm myself and my loved ones. Had he hit us and run us off the road, who knows what he'd have done next. I've been in other situations that has made me concerned for my personal safety and is one of the reasons I got my CCW in the first place, but this is the first time I've been with loved ones while in that situation. To make matters worse, I was unarmed due to my lack of MA LTC permit and felt like I was not fully prepared to defend them if need be. I'm going to make it a priority to get to a MA ltc class and go through the hassle of getting my MA non-resident "temp" LTC. Our safety is worth the $100 a year, no matter how ridiculous the fee and limited terms may be.