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Summer vs school traffic in Atlanta

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When it comes to dealing with traffic, people have an idea of when it's worse for them.

"It's much more difficult and slower when school is in session," driver Leslie Berger said.

But according to the Georgia Department of Transportation, the number of vehicles on the road doesn't change much in the summer.

"On our major arterials on those interstates and state routes traffic doesn't change during the summer," GDOT spokesperson Natalie Dale said. "You are dealing with the same peak times."

Some people believe later school times could help ease traffic.

"I think it would be fabulous idea," Berger said.

Most of the schools in our area do stagger start times between elementary, middle and high school between 7:40 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Atlanta Public Schools lists on it's website that it's staggered start time helps eliminate 50 extra buses on the road.

GDOT says Atlanta has seen what staggered release times during severe winter weather can do to ease traffic congestion.

"You see how much better a commute can be when there are flexible work hours, people work from home, there are staggered releases," Dale said. "So we see the benefit in times like that, so we know that it works."

As for drivers and parents, not everyone is so sure.

"I don't think I like that idea only because I don't think it would be fair for the children because they kind of want to get in school and get out," driver Charlotte King said.

"That can work but you would have to make up for that hour in the either you are going to catch it on one end or the other," driver Quinton Smith said.

As Atlanta's traffic gets worse, the idea of staggered start times could gain more support.

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