Road Range: Hell on Wheels

Hi, my name is Cory King and I am a deputy for Alexandria County, California. My department and I are concerned about the aggressive behavior that is starting to be a big issue on the roads today.

In 2011 on a spring morning on the 17th of April around 6:45am, I was sitting with radar up at the intersection of Tulip Road and Clifton Road, I saw an innocent bystander walking down the sidewalk. As the bystander reached the intersection to cross, he was hit by a vehicle speeding to beat the red light. The innocent bystander was identified as Jeff Ridges, A local resident of Alexandria County. When we asked the man that was behind the wheel (Ryan Wood), he stated that “Me and my wife had just fought” and that this put him in a “fit of rage”. This rage that he got behind the wheel with when he struck an innocent man that suffered two broken ribs, one shattered knee cap, and one broken leg, is just a small fraction opposed to what happens in other parts of the country.

So today I have an idea on a way to solve this rage that is being brought onto our roads. A device to be placed in every vehicle that will detect when the person is angry and will disable the vehicle till the device senses the driver is in a “good mood”.

Reason one: People would always be in a good mood when behind the wheel.

Reason two: Road rage would be a thing of the past and our roads would be a safe place again.

Reason three: It will provide jobs in every state and raise salaries.

The “no rage” device will bring in a profit like no other if made mandatory to be placed in every vehicle. There are 311,591,917 people in the United States, every state, including the company that will make the device will make a profit. We will see an increase in job opportunities, safer roads, and the “Big Guys” salaries would take a jump into the millions mark.

Road rage is something nobody can change naturally. But technology can. A device to shut off a vehicle when moods change for the worst is what 21st century mankind needs to be safe on its roads.


Work Cited:

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Into The Wild

Into The Wild (Sean Penn 2007), is a true story about the journey one young man (Christopher McCandless, played by Emile Hirsch) took to be free from society for two years and hitch hike from Annandale, Virginia to a remote part outside of Fairbanks, Alaska. He would reach the“Magic Bus”, an old 1950s bus that would give him shelter, yet give him the solitude and freedom from society that seemed to consume the outside world.

On his “Alaskan journey” (as Mr. McCandless called it) across the beautiful United States, he drove his car half way across the country till he abandoned it in Arizona where he started his hitch hiking to “Magic Bus”.

As he hitch hiked the rest of the way to Alaska, he would find himself in Los Angeles, where he stayed in a homeless shelter for the night by the name of Alexander Supertramp (another name he went by so his family members would not be able to trace his where a bouts).

Christopher also got jobs along the way to help pay for food, supplies, etc. He seemed to be ready for the harsh Alaskan wilderness. With the money he earned, he bought a canoe to battle his way down the Colorado River which would save time and to an extent, energy.

Along his way he met this “hippie” couple that he spent the night with on the California coastline sharing stories and where the next morning he would overcome his fear of the water. He also met an elderly man, and a boss that helped him with a job that paid him good pay.

Even though McCandless would not make it back home after the two years, his journey he did conquer, and his life he did live the way he wanted. His story is something that will touch you in the deepest place and bring you to the acknowledgment that society can be sickening and a thing we the people need to change.

Childhood Memories

When I was a little kid, seven or eight, I remember my days being full of adventure and exploring the deep woods that surrounded my house. In these woods there were ponds, and a little beaver dam hidden within. Some days I could just get lost in the pathless woods for hours while letting my imagination go wild.

When the day drew to an end, I remember looking forward to bed time. So after dinner, I would head on up to my room, get into my pajamas, brush my teeth (with blueberry flavored toothpaste) and wait for mom to come in. When mom would come in we would sit in this kind of old rocking chair (some nights she would have on silk pants were I would slip off and both would get a good laugh) where we would read story books for about an hour.

When it was time for me to lay down she would pick this story book called “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” Now this is a book I know she read to me a good 40 times in a month’s time period. I loved this book though. Every time she was done, I remember  thinking to myself ‘I’m going to have a steam shovel like Mike’s one day’ little did I know, steam shovels are not a living thing, but hey, I was a little kid and we all think of things like that when we are little youngsters.

Fourteen years later, I still have this book and love the memories it has with it. Every time I open it to just look through, it takes me back to those nights with mom and reading for that one hour I looked forward to each night. Memories like this from my childhood, I cherish the most.