As leftist revolutions go, this one was fairly peaceful -- though still a bit dangerous.
Last week, drivers in Samoa, the tiny Pacific island nation of 214,000 citizens, switched from the right side to the left side of the road.
After weeks of driver training and a two-day national holiday to replace traffic signs, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi broadcast a signal at 6 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, and drivers symbolically steered their cars from the right side to the left. Scores of policemen stood along the roadside imploring drivers to go slow.
The last countries to change sides -- Sweden and Iceland in the 1960s and Nigeria, Ghana and Yemen in the 1970s -- went from left to right. Samoa went the other way because most of the cars there are gifts to relatives from the 170,000 expatriate Samoans living in Australia and New Zealand and have steering wheels on the right side.
One little problem: The nation's buses have doors on the right side -- meaning riders now have to board from a traffic lane.