World Traffic Report
More Roads = More Traffic
"By using a rigid assessment formula rigged in favor of road building at the expense of other transport modes, the Government has been able to justify a fundamentally flawed new road and motorway widening policy," said one government transport official. The Government responded to the report by announcing that planned roads will be scrutinized more closely to judge their overall impact on traffic.
Environmental groups in Britain welcomed the report. Friends of the Earth said it was "now time to sound the death knell" on road widening schemes. But pro-roads and motoring organizations argued that "for many people in many parts of the country, traffic generation is a good thing," and that simply suppressing the demand for movement "restricts choice and hampers economic growth."
On the day the report was released, Britain's Transport Secretary announced that six roads projects were being postponed, and that the government will focus on improving existing roads rather than building new ones. "Our priority now must be to make the most effective use of the existing network - especially motorways - and building to remove congestion and pollution blackspots."
Ohio teenagers under 18 would not be allowed to drive alone between midnight and 6 a.m. under terms of a bill recently introduced in the state senate. Thirteen states have already enacted similar driving restrictions, and three states - California, Maryland and Oregon - report fewer automobile crashes as a result of the restrictions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "Accident rates for 16- and 17-year-olds, especially at those hours, are significantly higher than for other people," said Republican State Senator Richard Finan, who introduced the legislation.
The perimeter of the palace is fraught with danger. 'Me triangle of land outside the palace is one of the busiest junctions in London, with 5,000 cars swirling round the Queen Victoria memorial on the roundabout every hour. Two people have been killed in the last three years and 20 sightseers are injured yearly trying to cross the road to reach the palace and peer through its gates.
20 Minutes Kills 5,000 Years
Pollution and vibration from the road could destabilize the monuments (last survivor of the Seven Wonders of the World) while new development made possible by the road would further erode the Pyramids. If constructed, the road, which would destroy 5,000 years of world historic monuments, would shorten an average drive by 20 minutes.