Chesterton on South Carolina

Historians will probably mark the present epoch by the problem of the Traffic. Unless, indeed, the historians, who are an absent-minded race of men, have all been killed by the traffic before they can write any histories of it.
— GK Chesterton, 1936

I consider myself warned. 

The opening lines of "About Traffic" from As I Was Saying, a collection of essays published the year of his death.