EDITORIAL HOLIDAY TRAFFIC.
LIVING in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. , there's much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving - our freedom, our prosperity, our health.
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 dent 1
1. A depression in a surface made by pressure or a blow: a dent in the side of a car.
2. fender - or worse.
So far, there have already been 61 traffic deaths in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. 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 Southern California, also colloquially known as SoCal, is the southern portion of the U.S. state of California. Centered on the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and is the nation's second most populated region, estimates that 2.3 million Southland south·land or South·land
A region in the south of a country or an area.
Noun 1. residents will travel upward of more than; above.
See also: Upward 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.