Date: Fri, 22 Mar 1996 11:59:37 -0700
From: Bruce Gelder bgelder[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CAMEL.CORP.ES.COM
Subject: Re: gapers' block
In Chicago, a traffic slowdown caused by drivers slowing to look at an
accident in the opposite lane, or some other sight (currently a portrait of
Dennis Rodman of the Chicago Bulls, changing hair color as Rodman does) - is
called a "gapers' block."
Is that term used elsewhere? If not, what?
Thanks - Allan Metcalf
The act of slowing to look is called "rubbernecking" here in Salt Lake
City, but I've never heard a word for a traffic slowdown specifically
caused by that, just general things like "traffic jam" and so on. I've
never heard "gapers' block."