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

Friday, August 27, 2010

"Caution: Drive...Distractedly?"

That was the heading on a letter to the editor of The Washington Post, last Sunday, on page C5. The writer, Meda Ling, of Reston, Virginia states,

"An electronic sign on the outer loop of the Beltway approaching a construction zone in Tysons Corner: 'I-495 Advisory. Dial 511 for Info'

"What? So we should be pulling out cellphones while driving into a construction zone to listen to a traffic advisory message? Whose brilliant idea is this?"

Gridlocksmith just has to put in his two cents worth on this.

While one should doubt that the sign was meant to encourage the action described, it certainly does nothing to indicate otherwise.

(Meda - 1, Va. SHA - 0)

Perhaps the SHA could frame the intent more clearly with the additional words, "Before you go, be in the know." Hopefully, if one calls "511" (before departure) the info will consist of suggestions for better times, alternate routes, and the like.

Naturally, those drivers with the wisdom to have a passenger along to handle phone calls could get the latest info, without committing distracted driving.

It might be a good idea for drivers to call SHA to praise their efforts to keep us informed, while suggesting that they be more aware that, since we are driving, we may take their signs too literally.

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