Behavior: Behind the Auto Mask

In civilized society, the most effective curb on a man's behavior may be the scrutiny of his fellow man. It is only behind his mask that the Mardi Gras reveler loses his inhibitions and dares to act as he feels. So it is with today's driver, says one of Germany's leading sociologists. To reduce the slaughter of "that guerrilla war we call traffic," Bielefeld University Professor Helmut Schelsky advocates doing away with anonymity on the highway. How? As a first step, he would put names instead of number plates on cars. At the very least, he would let the police give...

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