EDITORIAL HOLIDAY TRAFFIC.
Especially our health.
In L.A., most of us spend some chunk of our day fighting off traffic - furiously switching lanes, driving a little too close to the car ahead, flooring the accelerator in hopes of beating that yellow light.
Given the amount of time we spend on the road and the number of vehicles on the road at any given time, it's a small miracle when we can make it home at the end of the day without a dented fender - or worse.
So far, there have already been 61 traffic deaths in the San Fernando Valley this year. Factoring in the usual increase in fatalities around the holidays, we're on track to lose more lives in car crashes this year than the 74 lost in 1999.
Of course, that's just a projection - a projection that could be proved wrong with a little bit of caution, some calm and a lot of patience this weekend.
Today marks what is usually one of the two busiest travel days of the year - the other is this Sunday. The Auto Club of Southern California estimates that 2.3 million Southland residents will travel upward of 100 miles this weekend to spend Thanksgiving with out-of-town friends and family.
The streets and freeways should be jammed - and unless we're careful, they'll be extra dangerous, too.
So let's be grateful for our health and safety this Thanksgiving, and express our gratitude by driving carefully. A little respect for fellow drivers will go a long way toward making this a healthier, happier holiday for all.