If you are moving to Atlanta this month, Atlanta moving companies urge you to keep an extra watch out for deputies and do not use the emergency lane for passing during traffic!
In the afternoon, the Georgia 400 can be a nightmare during rush hour, causing a lot of drivers to use the emergency lane to pass other drivers who may be holding them up. However, these passing drivers are in for a rude awakening, since local deputies are now warning that they will be cracking down on tickets for anyone who is caught illegally using the emergency lane.
According to local resident Whitney Gardner, the traffic typically starts near exit 12 at McFarland Parkway and, “People are stuck for hours on that exit.”
For drivers who are desperately trying to get around slow traffic, the shoulder is their only escape, and the recent announcement from the sheriff’s office is frustrating.
“So it backs up, backs up and stays backed up. So I understand why they do it,” Gardner said.
But here’s where the main confusion comes in: the shoulder is actually legal for passing during the morning and afternoon rush hours, just south of the exit. Therefore, drivers are asking that local authorities make it legal for the entire strip.
“It did wonders for Windward Parkway in the mornings, so can’t imagine it wouldn’t help get people getting off here anyway; get them out of the way so other people can go on,” said one driver.