The Oct. 23 edition of Science Magazine noted that Germany is experimenting with a new type of traffic light system. Sensors are placed in approaches to traffic lights (from both sides). The light then responds, not automatically like they normally do, but rather to the incoming and outgoing traffic flows. In a test of the system in Dresden, it was estimated waiting in traffic was reduced by 9%. Just the next phase in keeping traffic going, and going… faster, and faster… Meanwhile, in America 33,000 people were killed on the roads last year. (That’s like half an airliner going down, every day.) And even more people are maimed each year on the road. For instance, I was talking to a man in Atlanta recently whose son was paralyzed for life from a car accident on a highway in New Mexico… Common sense would say, instead of continuing to speed things up out there on the roads, maybe we should be (Are you ready for this?) slowing things down. In the middle part of last century, the speed limit on the highways was 40 mph. The speed limit in the residential areas was 25 mph. At those speeds, a whole lot less people were getting killed, and a whole lot less people were being maimed. Call me “retro,” but wouldn’t we be much better off with a slower ‘Tao of Traffic’? Note: I just heard a country song about the “old days.” A time when if someone said they were “down with that,” it meant they had the flu.