The Epiphany Season
I ran a stop sign yesterday.
I haven't subscribed to the Atlantic for a little over a year now.
And let me say that I'm a good driver. I'm sure someone can point to a statistic about most drivers saying that they're better than average, but I really am.
I picked one up in the airport, and I realized what I had been missing. There's a good bit of material in there, so it can be hard to find the time to get through, but it's definitely worth it.
Anyway, all this is to say that I ran a stop sign, but I didn't mean too. And it's not like I was cruising around looking for an address or anything. I ran it at a good 30 mph. I should have known it was there -- I'd driven that street before -- but I missed it.
And there it was, in this month's Atlantic:
I began to think that the American system of traffic control, with its many signs and stops, and with its specific rules tailored to every bend in the road, has had the unintended consequence of causing more accidents than it prevents.
Staddon, John. "Distracting Miss Daisy". The Atlantic July/August 2008.
If you are from my auto insurance company, please disregard this article
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