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The first priority for Rome is a network of roads. Mankind: The Story of All of Us III, History Channel 2012
The Roman road – seven metres across, wide enough for an army to march six abreast. Roman roads connect new Roman towns, and conquered people become citizens of an empire. ibid.
Alaska: The Alcan Highway complete, part of a 16,000 mile road – the world’s longest drivable route, running the length of the Americas: the Pan American highway. Mankind: The Story of All of Us XII
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost
Coburn: I suppose you’ve been down the long hard road?
Bronson: Who hasn’t? Hard Times aka The Streetfighter 1975 ***** starring Charles Bronson & James Coburn & Jill Ireland & Strother Martin & Margaret Blye & Robert Tessier & Nick Dimitri et al, director Walter Hill
Tonight: Britain is now the road-rage capital of Europe. Have our over-crowded highways turned us into a nation of tailgating impatient roadhogs? Tonight: How Bad is Your Driving? ITV 2014
Last year police were given new powers to issue on-the-spot penalties. ibid.
Are Britain’s roads in crisis? The lethal threat posed by potholes. Roads some say are accidents waiting to happen. Tonight: Britain’s Pothole Crisis, ITV 2018
700,000 reports of potholes last year. ibid.
Tonight – are motorists getting a raw deal? Are motoring fines a fair cop? The motorists who fight back. And are drivers a soft target? … Just how expensive is it to be a motorist these days when a billion pounds a year is raised through motoring fines alone? Tonight: Driving – The True Cost, ITV 2018
One in three of us receives some kind of motoring fine every year. ibid.
A whole industry of private parking companies has sprung up. ibid.
The battle for our roads and pavements: how e-scooters are booming in Britain … The stark warnings about riding an e-scooter illegally … We’ve been investigating the number of injuries, crimes and complaints involving e-scooters, and the growing concerns about safety, riders and pedestrians. Tonight: E-Scooters: Britain’s New Road Rage? ITV 2021
Who rules Britain’s roads? Will changes to the Highway Code make road users safer? And we find a considerable lack of knowledge around the updated guidance. Tonight: Who Rules Britain’s Roads? ITV 2022
I’m going to stop your road, Tubbs. Once and for all. The League of Gentlemen: Nightmare in Royston Vasey s1e3, Edward, BBC 1999
The Tufti Club – that was a funny thing; I remember thinking at the time what a curious idea to get a squirrel to teach kids to cross the road. Arthur Smith, comedian
Make it one for my baby
And one more for the road. Johnny Mercer, song 1943
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Elton John and Bernie Taupin, song 1973
Follow the yellow brick road. The Wizard of Oz 1939 starring Judy Garland & Ray Bolger & Frank Morgan & Jack Haley & Bert Lahr & Billie Burke & Margaret Hamilton & Clara Blandick & Charley Grapewin & Terry the dog, director Victor Fleming
Keep right on to the end of the road,
Keep right on to the end.
Tho’ the way be long, let your heart be strong,
Keep right on round the bend. Harry Lauder, The End of the Road, song 1924
Now he goes along the darksome road, thither whence no-one returns. Catullus
Stop. Look. And listen. Road safety campaign
Nothing behind me. Everything behind me. As is ever so on the road. Jack Kerouac, On the Road
What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies. ibid.
... because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars ... ibid.
Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life. ibid.
‘Sal, we gotta go and never stop going ’till we get there.’
‘Where we going, man?’
‘I don’t know but we gotta go.’ ibid.
The road must eventually lead to the whole world. ibid.
But I preferred reading the American landscape as we went along. Every bump, rise, and stretch in it mystified my longing. ibid.
And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. Isaiah 35:8
Last year more than seven million viewers watched in horror as two women threw themselves into the path of oncoming traffic. They survived but the footage you are about to see is shocking and extraordinary. Incredibly, the women then turn on the officers who are trying to help them. Motorway Cops: Madness in the Fast Lane, BBC 2010
Just twenty-four hours after being released, one of the women was on the run once again. ibid.
Seconds later the other woman also runs into traffic ... The injured women are twin sisters. ibid.
The officers discover the women are forty-year-old identical twins from Sweden, Ursula and Sabina Eriksson. ibid.
The woman hit by a lorry on the M6 is in a critical condition. But just five hours after being hit by a car her twin sister Sabina Eriksson is given the all clear. ibid.
Sabina Eriksson is charged with assaulting a police officer and trespass on a motorway. ibid.
The day after she is released from custody Sabina Eriksson stabs a local man to death. ibid.
The sisters became inseparable then disappeared. A day later the sisters turned up in Liverpool. Witnesses see them on a National Express coach bound for London but they never make it that far ... The sisters set off on foot along the M6 motorway. ibid.
Sabina runs into traffic not once, not twice, but on three separate occasions. ibid.
Sabina runs on to a bridge forty feet above the A50 and jumps. ibid.
Sabina is assessed by two forensic psychiatrists. ibid.
Defence diagnosis: Induced Delusional Disorder; Prosecution diagnosis: Acute Polymorphic Psychotic Disorder. ibid.
The court case is fraught with difficulty. ibid.
He sentences her to five years. ibid.
Jesus Christ, have you ever seen that before? ibid. traffic rozzer