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

Sunday, August 02, 2009


What is the most dangerous thing a driver can do in traffic?


No brainer! Definitely makes the Top Ten List.

What other driver actions would you nominate for the list?

Speeding up to pass in the right hand lane at the point where other traffic is attempting to merge? (Ooo, good one.)

How about those who are exiting the expressway onto the second ramp of the cloverleaf, (you know, the tight curve?) and, crossing paths with entering traffic, speeds up to get in front of said traffic, then having to slow down in front of said traffic, while said traffic is attempting to accelerate to expressway speed. Did you follow all that? I'm getting dizzy, myself.)

Then, there's the tailgater, in such a hurry to pass... after doing so, pulls directly in front of you and decides that you should be a tailgater, too, and slams on the brakes so hard that the tires are belching smoke! (Thankfully, I've only encountered one who was that stupid.)

I could go on and on, but, if I let myself do that, I'll be up all night. Why not let you do it?

If you want to start/join a discussion on this, please jump in. The grassroots traffic safety think tank welcomes caring, thoughtful, peace-on-the-road-loving, creative and considerate thinkers like yourself. (You are all that, aren't you?)


Take the attitude of a student. Never be too big to ask questions.
Never know too much to learn something new.
- Og Mandino, 1923-1996, American Motivational Author, Speaker

Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.
- Steven Wright, American Actor/Writer/Stand-up Comedian

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

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