Traffic Control: An Exercise in Self-Defeat

This article describes how, in the early days of the automobile, the traffic control system that we have today was put together by public officials who knew little about regarding the new means of locomotion. These officials adopted traffic laws without prior research and on the basis of prior research. No underlying philosophy saw to it that traffic regulation met its purpose: safe and expeditious travel at an economical cost to the road user and taxpayer, with the least inconvenience. The article discusses how misconceptions and contradictions in traffic regulations have killed many people, caused massive traffic jams, wasted many hours of time and vast quantities of fuel, polluted the air, and lead to unjust decisions in civil accident litigation. The system violates basic legal, engineering, and safety principles. The article also describes how billions of dollars are spent on high-tech computer equipment, which is intended to overcome self-inflicted problems.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 10-12
  • Serial:
    • Regulation
    • Volume: 27
    • Issue Number: 3
    • Publisher: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
    • ISSN: 0147-0590

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  • Accession Number: 01000843
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 8 2005 11:45AM