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Leonia's Out-of-Towners 'Unwelcomed' During Rush Hour

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By    |   Monday, 22 January 2018 12:51 PM

The New Jersey town of Leonia has declared that out-of-towners are no longer welcome to use its roads during rush hour and streets used as shortcuts to the nearby George Washington Bridge have been closed to outsiders.

Congestion is already an issue for the Bergen County town but the problem is being further exasperated by drivers from other towns cutting through Leonia in an attempt to avoid other high traffic areas on their commute to and from Manhattan, News 12 reported.

It seems that navigation apps such as Google Maps and Waze have a tendency to direct drivers straight through Leonia, creating heavy traffic for the local residents.

"If you look down this way as far as you can see, it would be bumper-to-bumper on a Sunday night or in the morning,” said Leonia Councilman Greg Makroulakis.

According to CNN, 60 roads will be closed to out-of-towners from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and residents will be required to hang yellow tags in their cars.

Employees and visitors who have a viable reason for driving through the town will be able to apply for a yellow tag but anyone caught in violation of the new ban will be liable to pay a $200 fine.

"The whole idea is to keep the vehicles on the major highways where the traffic belongs. We are doing this to keep our residents safe," said Thomas Rowe, Leonia's police chief, per CNN,

 "It's certainly extreme. And I've told everybody the traffic is extreme."

Many residents have embraced this move.

“It’s become super congested, where you don’t want to go too far just because it could take you 20 minutes to go somewhere a few miles,” said Daniel Petrocelli of Leonia, according to CBS News.

Marta Lystvak of Leonia said she was concerned about the safety of children.

“I have a little brother who’s 3 years old and when he’s playing in the front yard and there’s a bunch of traffic in the street, it’s scary.”

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The New Jersey town of Leonia has declared that out-of-towners are no longer welcome to use its roads during rush hour and streets used as shortcuts to the nearby George Washington Bridge have been closed to outsiders.
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