HuffPost Columnist Gini Graham Scott Writes about Driveless Cars and the End of Road Rage – and Creates Videos on the Rage Inspired by Red Light Tickets

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Now that driverless cars are on the way, one might wonder what will happen when these cars are in accidents, speed past, or cut off other cars; could this mark the end of road rage, since there is no driver in one or both cars? That’s the latest question that sociologist Gini Graham Scott, author of 50 plus books, considers in her recent Huffington Post column: The Driverless Car -- And the End of Road Rage? and she has also created a video about the rage some drivers feel when they get a red light ticket as a result of a video cam in the sky called Traffic Court Star.

A driverless car

Once cars no longer have drivers, can that lead to the end of road rage?

While the idea of a driverless car may seem like a sci-fi fantasy, they are already being tested and driven, and they work, so it’s only a matter of time to for them to begin appearing on our roads, as Gini Graham Scott writes in her latest Huffington Post column: The Driverless Car -- And the End of Road Rage?

However, as Scott points out, the appearance of these cars raise all kinds of questions about the social impact, including the effect on road rage. In the past year, about 1500 people have been seriously injured or killed in these traffic disputes, and many thousands if not millions more people have these confrontations with some one who is raging. But what happens when a driverless car is involved in an incident that might provide road rage? That’s the question Scott raises and addresses in her article.

At the same time, Scott’s own rage and that of other drivers in getting a red light ticket as a result of turning right at an intersection with a video camera in the sky led her to create a music video: Traffic Court Star.

While the idea of a driverless car may seem like a sci-fi fantasy, they are already being tested and driven, and they work, so it’s only a matter of time to for them to begin appearing on our roads, as Gini Graham Scott writes in her latest Huffington Post column: The Driverless Car -- And the End of Road Rage?
However, as Scott points out, the appearance of these cars raise all kinds of questions about the social impact, including the effect on road rage. In the past year, about 1500 people have been seriously injured or killed in these traffic disputes, and many thousands if not millions more people have these confrontations with some one who is raging. But what happens when a driverless car is involved in an incident that might provide road rage? That’s the question Scott raises and addresses in her article.

At the same time, Scott’s own rage and that of other drivers in getting a red light ticket as a result of turning right at an intersection with a video camera in the sky led her to create a music video: Traffic Court Star, in which a series of singers describe how they have gotten these tickets, and then protest in a chorus which goes:
    So now look out…
    We have eyes in the sky.
    You’re in a scene from I spy.
    Well, I think it’s really creepy to be watched from afar.
    I don’t want to be a traffic court star.
    No…Not a traffic court star.
The music video has already gotten nearly 300 views on YouTube, and it will be featured in the 2nd Short Indies Film Festival in San Rafael on Sunday, March 24 at 5 pm.

Given the success of these columns featuring commentaries on everyday life, Scott is writing a book on this topic as a follow-up to her book The Very Next New Thing: Commentaries on the Latest Improvements That Will Be Changing Your Life.

Gini Graham Scott is the founder of Changemakers Publishing and Writing
and the author of over 50 published books. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California in Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco Law School, and M.A.s in Anthropology, Mass Communications and Organizational/Consumer/Audience Behavior and Popular Culture and Lifestyles at California State University, East Bay. She is getting an additional MS in Recreation and Tourism in 2013 and wrote her final thesis on FINDING FUNDS FOR YOUR FILM OR TV PROJECT, which will be published by Hal Leonard, Limelight Editions, which published her previous book: THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO WRITING, PRODUCING, AND DIRECTING A LOW-BUDGET SHORT FILM. She has spoken about the topics of her books to many groups and the media, including appearances on Good Morning America, Oprah, and CNN.

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