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‘Me first’ drivers put others at risk

I drive on the highway to and from work. All summer long, construction on Route 400 reduced the highway from two lanes to one, and every day there was a backup. This backup is also often seen by the blue water tower where the 290 merges with the 90.

With the winter driving season soon upon us, the biggest problem here is not the road, but the motorists whom I have come to think of as “me firsts.” These are the drivers who know their lane will soon be ending, but instead of changing lanes now, they stay in their current lane, riding it until the very end and passing as many vehicles as possible, before forcing themselves into the lane.

By practicing such driving habits, they help to create the very “bottleneck” they seek to avoid because everyone else has to wait twice as long not only for the automobiles truly ahead, but for all the other automobiles that would normally be behind them as well. I wonder, if we were all in line at the store, do they think it would be OK to walk ahead of everyone in line and go straight to the counter for immediate service?

Barring an actual emergency, such drivers need to stop and think about how their actions are affecting those around them. More than once I have felt endangered by a reckless motorist, including the one who drove over the grass on the 400 to go around me so he could merge in at the last moment. If we can learn to think about how our actions affect others, the highways and our world would both be a safer and better place.

Jennifer Patterson

Orchard Park