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

Monday, July 17, 2006


The good ol' Washington Post really stuck its neck out with a bold prediction in their editorial, "Forecast: Gridlock" (Thursday, June 29, 2006). The subhead - "If rain can paralyze movement in downtown Washington, are we ready for a terrorist attack?" - pays tribute to Mother Nature's recent demonstration of raw power.

Should Maryland reconsider the decision to prevent I-95 being built into Washington,D.C.?
(The North Central Freeway was canceled in 1977.)

Without a throughway, traffic from I-95, north of town, is forced onto the beltway (495) and then onto streets to access downtown. This has caused a beltway bottleneck that has consumed extra time and fuel, every day, for years and years. (Not to mention stress and frustration and mishaps)

The same scenario plays out each evening, in reverse. But, commuters have the option of working late, waiting out traffic to enjoy a less stressful return to their homes. In the event of a full scale evacuation, we will all pile into a horrible mess of traffic that strains the imagination.

We must insist that I-95 (North Central Freeway) be built without delay! Invoke Homeland Security. Lives are at stake.

"Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure."
-Edward Eggleston, American Writer, Historian

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