"ANYBODY HERE FROM 'JERSEY?" "Yeah.. I'm from New Jersey." "Oh yeah? What Exit?" >rim-shot<
Here in the GUARD RAIL STATE (the Garden State) we 'get the joke'.
For the 3rd SMALLEST State in the Union New Jersey has More Highways than any other state. ..virtually Every Town (no matter how small) is connected to every other by some highway or another making it a cinch to pin-point virtually any location using a Highway # & Exit, including your own house.
Long way 'round the barn just to say, 5 days a week twice a day, I drive Ted to work, about 25 miles each way (A HUNDRED MILES A DAY ) and all of them MAJOR Roadways from between 6 & 12 lanes of HIGH SPEED Traffic (often bumper to bumper @ 60MPH (or worse still bumper to bumper @ a dead standstill ) I take the GSP, US46, US20, & I80 going and coming and each highway intersects several others (Lots of entrances & exits.. lots of POTENTIAL accidents waiting to happen... any of which can turn the a highway into a parking lot in a matter of minutes.)
So one morning I'm wingin' past the local State Trooper Baracks and I spot their new Over-Road LED Display with the message: "511 KNOW Before You Go"
IT'S A FREAKIN' GOD-SEND!
In 2000, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated 511 as the national travel information telephone number. As of October 31, 2009 there were forty-one 511 services available to the traveling public operating in 35 states, two Canadian provinces and one Canadian territory. This translates into 511 services being available to over 166 million Americans and almost 7 million Canadians.
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