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

Thursday, May 04, 2006


Your gridlocksmith has just celebrated thirty years of marriage with Laureen Summers (who took the lovely sunset photo on the first post) and it has been one fine adventure after another! (It was a fine outdoor wedding on a Virginia hilltop within sight of "Old Rag" on May 2, 1976.) After discovering how expensive restaurants can be, we had a lovely candle lit dinner at home. mmm!

On to the topic du jour...

A headline on page one of the Metro Section of the Washington Post (5-2-06) reads, "Roadside Tributes Wear Out Their Welcome" subhead: "Md. Officials Set to Enforce Ban, Citing Growing Size and Safety Concerns." It seems that some folks' tributes to loved ones who died on the highway have become elaborate enough to be considered distractions and safety hazards.

As a youth, growing up in South Dakota, I saw many roadside signs with the single word, "THINK" and a large "X" which marked the place where someone had died. If you came to a curve in the road with a dozen "THINK" signs, you tended to think about slowing down.

Could Maryland adopt the "THINK" sign as both a warning to motorists to be alert and to acknowledge those who have died on our highways?


Many thanks to Bo Guss for filling in and introducing the "DANGER" Acrostic Challenge. Missed it? Just scroll on down to the previous post.

I am a huge fan of The Darwin Awards, partly because they make me laugh, and partly because Mother Nature really needs help in the fight against IQ deficiency taking over the gene pool.
To see the (revised) first post of my humble blog,
click here.

Have you ever seen a guy by the road holding a cardboard sign,
"Will traffic safety advocate for food?" hmmm...


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