THE GRIDLOCKSMITH, traffic safety activist, "Roads Scholar," former "Road Warrior" who lost a brother (aged,15) on the road in 1969, has compiled many observations and ideas about traffic safety after 3 decades of driving for a living. "Are you part of the problem, or part of the solution? Set a safe example in traffic." You, too, can be a gridlocksmith. "Road-Peace is a step toward World Peace." - Earl Shoop

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Looking for what's logical, efficient, kind and fun... Traffic safety became a personal issue when my youngest brother died on the highway. I observed traffic unsafety while driving for a living(30yrs). Spread the word about "Road-Peace" as a step on the road to World Peace. Since those wise and gentle enough to create World Peace will not treat each other as we now do, in traffic, the road is a good place to focus our efforts. see

Saturday, January 14, 2006


I suppose I should say a word about
GRIDLOCK. That word is.... PREVENTION!

As we all know, traffic flows along streets
that form a grid. When traffic volume
exceeds the capacity of the streets,
traffic snarls. Many a driver snarls.
People with a great desire to be
somewhere else start to focus even more
sharply on, "Get me outta here!"
Frustration leads to poor decision making.
Perhaps the most common bad decision in
heavy traffic is to advance into an
intersection without any certainty of
getting out before the lite changes.
Imagine that drivers are blocking *all* the

This is gridlock. Once established, it takes
much time to get traffic flowing, again.

The best solution (Here comes that word...)

"As patience is a virtue,
Impatience is a sin.
If you can't get out of the intersection,
For gosh sakes, don't go in."


Anonymous Petey Puker said...! you call that poetry? gak!

But, yer right about the blockhedds that block the innersection... they need a huge block above the innersection to come down an flatten ennything not supposed to be there. then traffic can resume when it goes back up.

3:23 AM, February 16, 2006  

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