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

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Eastbound traffic on "P" Street bridge over Rock Creek waits for a driver to make a left turn. The workers, ahead, are milling asphalt on a Washington, DC side street. (photo by E. Shoop)

Surely, someone must understand that driver frustration does nothing to enhance safety. Expediting traffic safely around work areas should be a high priority for those in charge of setting up those areas.

With traffic limited to a single lane, things get really bogged down behind a driver waiting to make a left turn. Imagine how drivers must have felt when the other lane was taken away for no other apparent reason than to place the sign there! The right lane could have remained open for "right turn only." (or to get around the left turner)