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Who to blame for Atlanta 'jam'?

Vehicle clog Atlanta interstates a day after snow storm
Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 3:56 PM
Last updated Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 10:41 AM
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ATLANTA — Georgians spread the blame among state and local officials and agencies for the traffic problems caused by Tuesday’s snowstorm, according to a survey released Thursday.

The biggest group, 28 percent, said the “mayor or county officials in the affected areas” were the most to blame. Next came the Georgia Department of Trans­portation with 20 percent, followed by Gov. Na­than Deal at 15 percent. Because the online poll was conducted statewide by Opinion­Savvy, individual mayors weren’t listed by name.

Only 12 percent said weather forecasters had fallen down on the job.

Just 34 percent approved of Deal’s handling of the state response, while 49 percent disapproved and 17 percent had no opinion.

The InsiderAdvantage/Morris News survey of 434 Geor­gians, performed Wednesday, had a 4.6 percent margin of error.

InsiderAdvantage CEO Matt Towery noted that more Repub­li­cans disapproved of Deal’s job than Democrats, 52-34, though he has generally enjoyed strong support from his party in past polls.

The poll also showed continued weakness among two demographic groups that have always been less supportive of Deal. Sixty percent of independents and 46 percent of women disapproved of his response.

Sen. Hunter Hill, R-Smyrna, said it’s unfair to blame anyone, although he acknowledges some roads could have been salted sooner.

“At the end of the day, you’ve got a lot of drivers who aren’t experienced driving in these conditions,” he said, adding that having everyone hit the road at once compounded the problem since ordinarily the commuting period is spread over several hours.

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rmwhitley 01/30/14 - 05:13 pm
When you

read comments from the "main stream" media based in New York city, they basically refer to we Southerners as bumpkins. "We can't deal with snow", "we can't drive". As I recall, the New Englanders are still reeling from "superstorm" Sandy. First of all, the South doesn't get debilitating snowstorms during the middle of the day every winter month as New Englanders don't get debilitating hurricanes every summer. Yankees, put everything in its correct perspective. If you wish to denegrate us in the South, how about doing it from your home state.

Sweet son
Sweet son 01/30/14 - 06:32 pm
Walter Jones and Morris News Service????

You are a day late and a dollar short with this 'yellow' journalism. What difference does it make? Atlanta Mayor K Reed tried to defer blame to others as we would expect and Governor Deal apologized and said that it could have been handled better.

The snow was an act of God and your efforts to create distrust are nothing more than just trying to sell your wares.

Shame on you Walter and shame on Billy Morris for allowing your questionable story to be published. Why not 'blame' God?

Now go out and find something that might be considered 'real' news.

oldredneckman96 01/30/14 - 06:44 pm

Blame the people who did not read, watch or listen to the weather reports, they called for a massive storm a couple of days in advance. This storm just made the grid lock last a few hours longer than normal anyway. I was here watching it all from a Hotel window! It was great!

seenitB4 01/31/14 - 07:53 am
A traffic mess anyway

Atlanta is a mess anyway on any day...throw a little ice & snow in the mix & you have a disaster....I live here & see the madness all the time....we get out at certain times of day & NEVER in the going to work or coming home from work time,.....I give the officials a pass....considering the news on the storm.. We were told it would NOT hit Atlanta in the beginning...later, & I mean MUCH later, we heard a different story..

Now, hold on to yo breeches because the good Gov will make some changes & many will gripe about that...I see some changes for truckers---schools--& highways.....I see some tax$$ going to create a brand new highway sysytem...

Get ready for the GRIPES..

crkgrdn 01/31/14 - 12:13 pm
Remember the lesson of the "Titanic"

We cannot control nature. We cannot predict what nature will do.
Perhaps this is a time for reexamination of where humanity is in the grand scheme.
The real story here is about those who did not wait for the governments to do something. These good folks made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and took them to the stranded. And, the story of a Chick Fila (sic) manager who got his staff together to provide sandwiches and shelter for the stranded.

TCB22 01/31/14 - 06:36 pm
Right on point

It's surprising and a little disturbing that the comments here are so accepting of the royal screw ups made by many people who are paid big bucks to plan and execute those plans during situations like this.

The passive attitudes of these bigwigs when a winter storm had bee forecast and warned about for at least three days is appalling.

If they messed up this bad with warning, God help them in the event something happens without warning.

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