GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Headed home from an appointment, a driver trying to get to Plainfield Avenue from I-96 says she was the victim of rage — all over a misunderstanding about driving in reduced lanes.
It was Tuesday afternoon and traffic on I-96 was backed up because of the westbound shutdown ahead.
“It was a couple of miles to Plainfield Avenue, and we were moving very slowly,” said the westbound motorist who didn’t want to be identified out of fear the other driver might find her.
While the section of I-96 isn't marked for the state's Zipper Merger program, which encourages drivers in work zones to merge into single lanes later, driver one decided to follow that lead and use as much of the inside lane as she could before merging.
“It certainly is a much more efficient way to deal with road construction. And safer, I think,” said the first driver. “That's when things got rather uncivil.”
The first driver’s passenger recorded the events on her cell phone.
The recorded video shows the driver of the silver vehicle — the second driver — let the first driver know he doesn't care for her tactics.
What follows is several minutes of lane weaves and gestures not appropriate for family viewing.
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