Traffic Bad in Atlanta Georgia But Predictable Now Due to New Technology

Drivers seem to have adjusted to the traffic congestion problem when driving in and around Atlanta Georgia. According to the most recent report from Urban Mobility, one of the nation’s leading providers of traffic studies, Atlanta traffic delays tend to be more consistent and predictable than those in other large cities. The report also states that the reliability of the data provided has become increasingly better due to “cutting edge traffic technology and management” including “Georgia Navigator” an online service that driver’s can use to map their intended destination and receive an approximate total time it will take to get there.

Atlanta Georgia’s traffic is still considered the 7th worst in the nation but at least its getting to a point where any delays can be mapped out in advance and there is a certain predictability point that can prevent unexpected late arrivals.

Have you used Georgia Navigator to map out your travels and have you found it useful?

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Is Red Light Ticket Enforcement Coming To An End in Atlanta Georgia?

City officials in Atlanta have admitted that their enforcement of photo tickets issued as a result of red light traffic cameras, has ended. The cessation of the program was in part due to the city’s ignoring a 2009 law that mandated sending the second notice certified mail.  Thus, it looks like for all intents and purposes, Atlanta will join Los Angeles, CA and Houston Texas in shutting down their use of photo ticketing. What looked good in theory turned out to be more difficult to manage in practice.

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I-85 Drivers In Georgia Warned

The lanes — and speeds — on portions of Interstate 85 in north Coweta will soon be dropping.

The Georgia Department of Transportation is shifting southbound traffic on I-85 starting at Exit 51/Sharpsburg-McCollum Road and extending to Exit 47/Bullsboro Drive beginning Feb. 8.

This traffic shift was originally scheduled to take place this weekend, and it’s subject to change again based on weather conditions.

Beginning at Exit 51 on I-85 southbound, the previous three lanes of traffic will be reduced to two travel lanes. This shift will extend southbound to Exit 47. In addition to the traffic shift and lane reduction, the posted speed limit of 60 miles per hour will be reduced to 50 miles per hour — and it will be strictly enforced, according to DOT District 3 Communications Officer Kimberly Larson. Message boards, signs, barricades, barrels and cones will be utilized to alert and channel motorists through the area.

The scheduled completion date for the I-85 widening project through Coweta is Dec. 31. Motorists should expect shoulder and lane closures on a continuing basis and are advised to use extra caution in construction work zones.

“We’ll be out there,” said Lt. John LaChance of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. “It’s a very narrow corridor they will be driving in, with no room for error.”

“I would like to remind motorists to slow down in the work zone,” said Larson. “Commuters might be surprised to learn they are 85 percent more likely to be injured driving through a work zone than the workers themselves. Not to mention the sting of a pricey speeding ticket, which can go as high as $2,000.”

The northbound traffic shift in the section from Exit 47 to Exit 51 has already gone into effect.

“So far, we’ve had no major problems with the lane shift,” said LaChance.

LaChance advises motorists who will be entering the Interstate northbound from Bullsboro Drive to use caution and remember that they are required to yield to oncoming traffic. They also need to be aware of the other drivers behind them on the on ramp to avoid being rear-ended.

“Use caution approaching the end of the lane,” said LaChance. “People need to drive with eyes in the back of their head and in front of their head.”

There will be emergency pull-offs and breaks in the concrete barrier wall in the construction zone every 6,000 feet.

“If we do catch a traffic violator, we will wait until the end of the lane shift to pull them over,” said LaChance. “We will not turn our blue lights on until we reach a safe spot.”

“Motorists don’t always understand that when we are in the road, we’re actually trying to help them get where they need to go safer and faster,” Larson continued. “But, the speed limits are as much for their safety as that of our workers.”

The construction that will take place in sections from Exit 47 to Exit 61/Senoia Road in Fulton County is more than halfway complete, according to Larson.

The southbound lane shift next weekend will place motorists on the new lanes in order to complete work on the other travel lanes and shoulders. The DOT says it will not reopen lanes as the work progresses so that motorists don’t have to maneuver multiple lane closures.

“We have been asked if we would remove the barrier walls so that motorists could utilize all lanes,” said Larson. “We felt that this would be a safety concern because motorists would have to maneuver between the lane closures. So, the concrete barriers will remain in place until all lane work is complete.”

The remaining portion of the project stretching into Fulton County is continuing its paving operation and median barrier wall placement. Northbound traffic along this portion should see a traffic shift between milepost 57 to Exit 61 sometime in late February, according to Larson.

A separate portion of the widening work in southern Coweta County that stretches 14 miles from Exit 47 to Meriwether County is approximately 78 percent complete, according to Larson. She reports that all southbound concrete paving is complete in that portion of the project, except for a small section on the ramps of Exit 35 and 41.

“The contractor is continuing to work on raising bridges along this corridor,” said Larson of the southern project. “This is because of the increased height of the new concrete slabs.”

At the Exit 47/Bullsboro Drive interchange, work is about 35 percent complete. “This work is not behind schedule because the bridge work could not occur until the old northbound bridge was removed,” Larson continued. “Motorists will see a lot more progress in this area in the coming months.”

The DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about this or any other construction project on interstates and state routes. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures and delays due to inclement weather. Callers also can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org .

Article by Elizabeth Richardson from the Newnan Georgia Times Herald

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Police Announce Reduced Speed Limits On Some Streets In Warner Robins Georgia

That’s because speed limits have been reduced on several roads throughout the city, said Warner Robins police Lt. Todd Edwards, who heads the traffic division.

Edwards announced the changes Wednesday to midstate news media to get the word out and to give the public time to adjust before tickets are issued.

“We want to give them time to adjust their schedules, driving habits and mind-sets,” Edwards said.

Enforcement of the new speed limits will go into effect Aug. 1, he said.

However, that does not mean that motorists will have a green light until then to speed through those areas, the officer said.

The grace period is only for motorists who are below the old speed limit but not the new speed limit, Edwards said.

That’s a requirement of state law when speed limits are first changed, and police want to give motorists the benefit of the doubt.

But motorists who just want to speed on through can expect a ticket if over the old speed limit, the officer said.

Under state law, the city has to be granted approval from the Georgia Department of Transportation for the changes and also resubmit its permit to run radar on those roads, Edwards said.

There are separate state laws that give police the right to enforce existing speed limits and to cite motorists for driving too fast for conditions such as rain or heavy traffic congestion even if below the posted speed, he said.

But in order to run radar, the state must approve roads in which radar devices may be used, Edwards said.

John Kilko, the city’s traffic operations manager, said that’s partly because not all road terrains are suitable for speed monitored by radar.

Changes in speed limits also must get the state’s blessing, he said.

Speed reductions generally come about at the request of police who monitor trends in traffic, ranging from accidents to speeding, Kilko said.

The city’s transportation department then conducts its own study and makes a recommendation. Those recommendations go before the police and city administration for submission to City Council. Once the recommendations are approved, the state DOT does its own study and signs off on the changes and the new permit to conduct radar if in agreement with the city’s request, Kilko said.

All that takes time, so the city keeps a running record of changes every year and then submits them to the state for approval periodically, Kilko said. The previous permit was issued in 2005, he said.

Here are the recent changes in speed limits:

Watson Boulevard from 500 feet west of Margie Drive to 100 feet east of Corder Road from 45 mph to 40 mph.

Alabama Avenue from Northside Drive to American Boulevard from 30 mph to 25 mph.

American Boulevard from Green Street to Oregon Trail from 30 mph to 25 mph.

Corder Road from Leverette Road to Watson Boulevard from 40 mph to 35 mph.

Lake Joy Road from Ga. 96 to Hatcher Road from 45 mph to 40 mph.

Lake Joy Road from Russell Parkway to Feagin Mill Road, which is a school zone, from 35 mph to 30 mph from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. on school days.

Lakeview Road from Lake Joy Road to U.S. 41 from 45 mph to 35 mph.

Lakeview Road from Tharpe Road to Lake Joy Road, also school zone, speed limits 35 to 25 mph.

Moody Road from Russell Parkway to 500 feet south of Feagin Mill Road from 45 mph to 40 mph.

Osigian Boulevard from Houston Lake Road to Tom Chapman Boulevard from 35 mph to 30 mph.

Russell Parkway from Ga. 247 to Moody Road from 45 mph to 40 mph.

Russell Parkway from Moody Road to Corder Road from 40 mph to 35 mph.

Russell Parkway from Corder Road to 500 feet west of Elaine Drive from 50 mph to 45 mph.

Warner Robins police also are taking a proactive stance in changes in law that allow the use of “low speed” vehicles on roads that have limits of 35 mph or less, Edwards said.

These low-speed vehicles are essentially modified golf carts that can go faster than conventional golf carts and handle rougher terrain.

Police want to get the word out that these vehicles require the same requirements for driver’s licenses, insurance and obedience to state driving laws as do other vehicles, Edwards said.

Motorists in other vehicles also need to be aware that these low-speed vehicles also have the same right to be on the roads as do regular vehicles and must be accorded the same rights of way and vehicle distance as regular vehicles.

Because these type of low-speed vehicles are now available for sale in the Warner Robins area, police want to prevent accidents and citations by giving folks the heads-up about the law and what may be an influx of these vehicles on city streets including portions of major roads such as stretches of Watson Boulevard and Russell Parkway.

For more information, contact Warner Robins police at 929-1170.

Article by Becky Purser, Macon.com

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Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Issues Sobering Holiday Predictions

It’s tragic to report, but fifteen of the twenty-two Georgia traffic fatalities from the 2006 Memorial Day holiday involved crash victims who weren’t wearing seatbelts. Heavy holiday traffic is expected again throughout Georgia as many motorists are already on the road to their vacation destinations for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. That’s why law enforcement agencies across the state are running roadchecks day and night this Memorial Day holiday driving period to target drivers and passengers who don’t bother to buckle-up.

“Motorists should be prepared to encounter these high visibility Click It Or Ticket safety belt checkpoints throughout the holiday weekend as part of the Memorial Day mobilization,” said Director Bob Dallas of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The Georgia State Patrol and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety are urging drivers to use extra caution during the Memorial Day driving period that begins Friday, May 23 at 6PM and ends at midnight Memorial Day. As Georgians pack-up their cars for the first big vacation trip of the summer, the Department of Public Safety and the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Crash Reporting Unit are releasing a sobering prediction for 2,300 traffic crashes resulting in 1,262 injuries and 19 traffic deaths.. All within a 78-hour travel period in Georgia.

The good news is, more than 72-percent of drivers and passengers involved in serious crashes nationwide survived when wearing safety belts correctly in 2006. “There’s no question. Safety belts are among the most important lifesaving inventions of our time and still your best protection against a deadly encounter with a drunk driver,” said GOHS Director Bob Dallas. “Think about it. How many times has a seat belt protected you in a close-call or saved the life of someone you know? No every-day device saves lives faster or as often as your safety belt.”

“Wearing your seatbelt costs you nothing, but the cost for not wearing one certainly will,” said Brian M. McLaughlin, the Senior Associate Administrator for Traffic Injury Control at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). McLaughlin came to Atlanta to launch Georgia’s Memorial Day Click It Or Ticket campaign. “So, don’t risk it with a ticket or worse, a life. Please remember to buckle up day and night – Click It or Ticket.”

The Memorial Day holiday also launches Georgia’s 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. speed and aggressive driving initiative. H.E.A.T. stands for Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic. The 100 Days of Summer H.E.A.T. is a multi-jurisdictional highway safety enforcement strategy designed to reduce high-fatality crash-counts during the deadly summer holiday driving period from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July and Labor Day holidays.

“Waves of law enforcement patrols, including the Georgia State Patrol and the department’s Motor Carrier Compliance and Capitol Police units will crack down on impaired drivers, unbuckled drivers, and high-speed drivers for the fifth consecutive year,” said Director Dallas. “Our data shows these are the top three causes of fatality crashes on Georgia highways, not just on Memorial Day, but throughout the year.”

Dallas advises high-risk motorists to “Slow Down.” Besides getting you a ticket, speeding wastes gas. Fuel efficiency rapidly decreases at speeds over sixty-mph.. And every five miles-an-hour over sixty-mph is like paying an additional twenty cents-a-gallon at the pump. “Speeding can lower your gas mileage by 5-percent around town and as much as 33-percent at highway speeds,” says Dallas. “Driving at the speed limit saves gas. We already know it saves lives. Why not do both this holiday?”

The Memorial Day Crash Count will be posted on the GSP website at http://dps.georgia.gov and updated every six hours. For more information on H.E.A.T. and Click It Or Ticket visit http://www.gahighwaysafety,org .. day or night..

From DawsonTimes.com, Dawson County GA News

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Dalton Georgia Police Dept to Participate in “Click It or Ticket”

Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit, along with the Patrol Division will step up its efforts in enforcing Georgia’s Seatbelt and Child Restraint laws, in conjunction with the nation wide “Click it or Ticket” campaign that will run from May 19-June 1. The first nationwide traffic enforcement campaign of the year will include the upcoming Memorial Day Holiday.

“Click It or Ticket” is a nationwide enforcement campaign to increase seat belt usage, and to reduce serious injury or fatal car crashes. Research data from 2006 shows that 72-percent of passenger vehicle occupants involved in serious car crashes nationwide survived when wearing their seat belts correctly. Seat belts have proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45-percent.

The current statewide seat belt usage in the state of Georgia is at 90%, the highest in the Southeast. The most recent seat belt usage survey conducted in April 2008 by the Dalton Police Department showed that Dalton’s seatbelt usage stood at 90%.

The Dalton Police Department will be holding a Child Car Seat Check from 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, May 24, in conjunction with “Click It or Ticket. The car seat check is free to the public.

On hand to check child car seats will be technicians from Whitfield County Chapter of Safe Kids along with technicians from Dalton Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit and Patrol Division. Technicians will help parents of children with the correct installation and use of Child Car Safety Seats, or inspect installed seats to insure they are not damaged or out of date.

Also participating in the car seat check will be trucks from the Dalton Fire Department, an ambulance from Whitfield EMS and the Mobile Command Unit from Whitfield County 911 Center.

The Dalton Police Department is asking all motorists to make this Memorial Day Holiday a safe one by obeying all speed limits, buckling up and to not drink and drive.

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