I don't believe that Atlanta and surrounding environs are going to be cured of their transportation woes in my lifetime. All of the counties act independently and according to their own agendas. Gee, kinda sounds like the Republicans and the Democrats during the "debt crisis."
We motorists have no control over the seemingly endless work on our expressways and surface roads. We can't control the weather. But we CAN control our behaviors on the road, which I believe would improve traffic conditions by at least 75%. Well, I totally made up that percentage, but after years of observing my fellow drivers I propose that we all agree to adhere to the following rules:
1. Use your turn signals.
2. Stop tailgating and allow plenty of room in between you and the car ahead of you.
3. Be gracious and allow your fellow motorists to merge and change lanes. This isn't a video game or a competition. Nobody gets extra points or a blue ribbon for getting ahead of everyone else.
4. If you see a police or state patrol car on the side of the highway you may want to slow down, but you ARE allowed to drive the speed limit. The officer is not impressed that you are going 50 in a 65 mile an hour zone.
5. Pay attention! Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel. Hang up your cellphone. Don't dive down into the passenger floorboard to look for who knows what. Don't turn to look at your passenger as you talk. If you can't converse without using your hands maybe you shouldn't be the driver. You drive like a drunk -slowing down and speeding up and bobbling around in your lane. It's scary.
6. That red triangular sign says YIELD. That means that you do not have the right of way.
7. Figure out where you're going ahead of time. If you don't have a GPS, get yourself a map or have someone give you directions before you hit the road.
8. If you're entering the expressway and have a long entrance ramp, try to get up to speed before you merge. Going 45 doesn't cut it.
9. If it starts raining, turn on your headlights but don't turn on your emergency blinkers. I think it's against the law anyway.
10. If you're afraid to drive the speed limit on the expressway, maybe you should look for alternate routes. It helps to have a back up plan anyway when the roads are a mess. My parents stopped driving on the interstates years ago and they have a back way to go anywhere they need to go!
And while I'm thinking about it, the speed limits on the freeways should be raised to 70 miles per hour everywhere. There's nothing express about going 55. Besides, in Atlanta we're lucky if we can even push it up to 55 most days.
Join with me brothers and sisters! Let's get ourselves out of this Peach Jam!