• May 15th 2012 at 2:00PM
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Former NFL play Larry Roberts was arrested in Atlanta (... Former NFL play Larry Roberts was arrested in Atlanta (WSBTV).
A main traffic artery in the metropolitan Atlanta area, the Georgia 400, has been plagued with congestion for years. Hoping to ease the commutes of thousands of area residents, officials decided to open the southbound emergency shoulder to cars during the morning rush hour. During the first morning of implementation, however, drivers experienced frustration, confusion and one high-profile crash and arrest.

During the morning rush, Larry Roberts, a former San Francisco 49ers defensive end from 1986 to 1993, veered off the road and crashed into a guard rail. When Sandy Springs police officers arrived on scene, they found that Roberts was wanted for driving with a suspended license and failure to appear in court. He had a warrant out for his arrest and was taken into custody.

For other commuters who managed to stay on the road, the commute seemed even worse than usual and several drivers expressed their frustration with the plan.

"Just one more lane for people to drive stupid in," said one to WSBTV.

"It increased the commute by 25 minutes," complained another.

It is likely that the commute was made worse due to drivers' lack of familiarity with the system. For instance, commuters weren't sure how to handle merging and exiting traffic, where, in one place, the shoulder lane ends and drivers are supposed to move back over to the left. At one point during the morning, a road crew was dispatched to place barrels so drivers would know where to go.

In the event that emergency responders need to use the freeway during morning rush hour, drivers in the left lane are expected to move over to the left and drivers in the right lane over to the right side of the road, parting the middle to allow for the easy passing of emergency vehicles.

The speed limit in the shoulder lane is 45 MPH, much lower than the 65 MPH in the other lanes.

GDOT is optimistic that the system will improve commute times once drivers become used to it. If it makes a difference, officials will consider opening the shoulder to northbound traffic during the evening rush.



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      christa
      • 3 Years Ago
      Instead of spending billions on wars and Countries that hate the US anyway the Goverment should spend this money on the roads,bridges rail and dams that at their limit before failing . Americans will as allways pay the price for a Goverment that cannot function, term limits should be set for these old congressman so dam old they dont no or care about anything except thier pay checks, set term limits to the same as the President.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey, it's Georgia, folks - you can't fix stupid. Even the cops can't muster up much more than a room temperature IQ.
        chr325c
        • 3 Years Ago
        We stopped you at the state line...got to give us a little credit.
      Frank
      • 3 Years Ago
      i've experienced the nightmare of driving thru atlanta on numerous occasions....the drivers are ignorant and aggressive. it is the perfect example of a population far exceeding the capacity of a city/highway to handle it. also shows a total lack of planning/common sense by city/state politicians...total chaos
        metusmetu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Frank
        ..............and the population is mostly what?.....................there. There's your reason.
          ticknert2
          • 3 Years Ago
          @metusmetu
          Hayseeds?
          • 3 Years Ago
          @metusmetu
          Actually, @ticknert2, these days they're mostly transplants from other parts of the country. Maybe if some of them left, traffic wouldn't suck so bad.
      You Big Dick
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is he crying? There's no crying in jail. Come on, big fella!
      metusmetu
      • 3 Years Ago
      Isn't that guy in the photo with the cop,............the same guy who played in the movie "Green Mile"??
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      • 3 Years Ago
      Atlanta----that says enough..
      • 3 Years Ago
      Atlanta used to be a fine Southern city; not so sure now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My best friend has announced her wedding with a millionaire young man Ronald. They met via RichLovesC0M....it's where for meeting millionaires, who are searching for their special someone. It's worth a try! Its also frustrating the so called transit proponent groups in the region have not tried to stand up for these riders. Its a sign that the powers that be making the decisions still do not value transit and thus there is a real risk that the wiggle room in the SPLOST will be used to Transit's detriment.
      robert fields
      • 3 Years Ago
      I FEEL BAD FOR THE FORMER NFL PLAYER-BUT AFTER READING THE COMMENTS, MOST OF YOU TURN THIS INTO A RACISTS RANT ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE AND WHITE POLICE. WHAT A TERRIBLE SPIN ON SOMETHING OR ARE A LOT OF YOU JUST HATERS OF WHITE PEOPLE AND LOVE TO EXPRESS THIS IN ANY FORUM?--SO SAD----THIS ARTICLE IS ABOUT ROAD PROBLEMS, KNUCKLEHEADS-GROW UP
      • 3 Years Ago
      My best friend has announced her wedding with a millionaire young man Ronald. They met via RichLovesC0M....it's where for meeting millionaires, who are searching for their special someone. It's worth a try! In the mean time, I'm going to just standby until someone causes a crash in the shoulder lane, then sues SRTA because emergency vehicles couldn't get to them fast enough to say, save a limb. Or someone's life.
      nelcovp
      • 3 Years Ago
      I did not read the story, only the headline. My guess is that he was in handcuffs because he was black. Was I close?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nelcovp
        LOL...! You are right about him being black, but that is about all; try reading the story first dimwit. Actually, you might be happier writing your knee-jerk, bigoted, specious opinions over in the "Trayvon" article!
        cdavi214
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nelcovp
        Not a bit close, just a racist.
        DADDYBIGSHIRT2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nelcovp
        NOPE...IT WAS BECAUSE THE COP IS WHITE
        • 3 Years Ago
        @nelcovp
        Are you trolling, or just an idiot?
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