Channel 6 News has discovered a video on YouTube which was recorded just four nights ago on Interstate 80. A group of motorcycle riders and the driver of a car started a dangerous game with no regard for their own personal safety or the safety of others on the road.
It started out with a group of motorcycle riders recording their ride, but after a close encounter or two with an older model Ford it quickly disintegrated into a kind of road rage roulette.
"That's how road rage starts, one person gets mad and then the other person get mad and there they go." Patrick Polley is the driver education and motorcycle safety expert at the National Safety Council. He watched the video and noticed a few things. The incident grew even more dangerous as tempers and bravado seemed to get the best of everyone involved.
At any time the riders or the driver of the car could have backed off, slowed up, left the interstate, done almost anything to defuse the situation, but they chose to continue the game of cat and mouse. It almost caused an accident. "They're not thinking of the consequences, getting into an accident or maybe a fatality or an injury," said Polley.
At various times you can see other drivers caught up in the high speed game of chicken as it wound its way through traffic. Polley offers one piece of advice, avoid them. If you see them approach get over if you can do so safely. "All the way over to that inside lane so that they'll go past you."
And only endanger the lives of those who are participating.