Commuter Dude

After 25 years at 11Alive, Jerry Carnes is excited to take on the challenge of serving you as Commuter Dude. Just like you, he fights Atlanta traffic, gets frustrated over mistimed lights, and cringes when he careens into a pothole.
Metro Atlanta traffic is notorious, from Villa Rica to Vinings, from Cumming to Conyers, from Newnan to Norcross. You need a voice to make sure our public officials hear your frustrations. Jerry Carnes wants to be that voice!
Here's more information about Jerry:
"I have loved my years in Georgia. I was born at Emory Hospital, married an Atlanta native, bleed Bulldog red and black, and feel pretty sure that I've visited just about every nook and cranny of this big busy city. 11Alive is in my blood. I interned at the station the summer of my junior year at UGA. I was 21-years-old. That's how long 11Alive has been a part of my life.
When the Commuter Dude job opened up, I was immediately interested. I know the importance of your commute to work and back home. I know how important it is as a reporter not just to report news, but to push for change. I feel and hope that I can make a difference, entertain you, and give you a friend to help you through your travels."

-- Jerry Carnes

Need help with a road problem? Ask Commuter Dude!

Commuter Dude: Progress in Atlanta Industrial Park

8:21 AM, Mar 7, 2014

The ragged roads inside Atlanta Industrial Park are looking better, but the fix is far from complete.

Commuter Dude: Surprise curb encounter prompts promise of change from Cobb County

7:50 AM, Mar 4, 2014

After a surprise encounter with a curb that left one motorist with two flat tires, Cobb County is taking action on Old Hamilton Road.

Georgia 400 canopy to come down

10:28 AM, Mar 3, 2014

Workers will begin removing the canopy over the former Georgia 400 toll plaza Tuesday.

Commuter Dude: Motorists tired of rough road created by unfinished work

8:42 AM, Feb 28, 2014

Commuters who work in an Atlanta Industrial Park are so frustrated with rough roads created by the city, they reached out to 11Alive's Commuter Dude.

Photos turn potholes to a swimming pool, bath, and fryer

5:41 PM, Feb 26, 2014

What happened the last time you rolled over a pothole? Your teeth chattered, your car bumped, and you let out a curse. When it happened to a couple in 2009, they got creative. The result today is a series of amazing pothole transformation photos going viral. 

Commuter Dude: Misuse of left turn lane in Brookhaven

8:05 AM, Feb 26, 2014

Some commuters, including members of the Brookhaven city council, are tired of seeing drivers misuse a left turn lane in order to beat traffic.

Commuter Dude: Complaints over muddy unpaved road in Atlanta

8:52 AM, Feb 24, 2014

Homeowners on Ford Street are tired of watching vehicles get stuck on a road that turnsinto a mud bath with each heavy rain.

Commuter Dude: Controversy over plans to widen Forsyth County road

8:32 AM, Feb 20, 2014

Forsyth County Commissioners and some homeowners will clash Thursday night over plans to widen Castleberry Road.

Commuter Dude: Examining crash data along Georgia 400

8:06 AM, Feb 19, 2014

An examination of crash data shows accidents are up, but fatalities down from 2012 to 2013 on the 22 mile stretch of Georgia 400 through Fulton County.

Commuter Dude: Tracking accident data on I-75

7:39 AM, Feb 18, 2014

An examination of traffic data shows an increase in accidents and injuries on I-75 in Cobb and Fulton County, including the downtown connector.

Commuter Dude: Tracking accidents on your I-85 commute

8:11 AM, Feb 17, 2014

11Alive's Commuter Dude spent hours scouring two years worth of crash data, and discovered an increase in accidents and fatalities I-85 in Gwinnett County from 2012 to 2013.

Commuter Dude: Tackling a killer commute from Milton to McDonough

8:02 AM, Feb 7, 2014

David McGill's drive to work is 65 miles, from Milton to McDonough.

Commuter Dude: Finding a faster path from Suwanee to NW Atlanta

9:10 AM, Feb 6, 2014

Tracy Poulson admits she's afraid to try a new route to work, so she asked our Commuter Dude to try one for her.

Commuter Dude: Finding a new way to commute from Henry County into Atlanta

12:45 PM, Feb 5, 2014

Sherri Charles begins every morning with prayer before her frustrating encounter with I-75.

Commuter Dude: Looking for an alternate route to crowded I-85

9:57 AM, Feb 4, 2014

Angie Murchison's drive from Lawrenceville to downtown Atlanta can take an hour when she uses I-85, which is why she reached out to 11Alive's Commuter Dude for an alternate route.

Commuter Dude: Plotting a better route around Georgia 400

9:26 AM, Feb 3, 2014

In an effort to ease the stress of your morning commute, 11Alive's Commuter Dude is plotting and testing alternate routes for metro drivers.

Commuter Dude: More drivers using Ga 400

8:49 AM, Feb 3, 2014

Initial traffic counts on Georgia 400 indicate thousands of new drivers since the removal of the tolls.

Commuter Dude: Check for flat tire caused by construction work

8:15 AM, Jan 27, 2014

When a rough spot on Candler Road in Dekalb County cost Terri Latimer one of her tires, she contacted 11Alive's Commuter Dude.

Elle Duncan says goodbye - Meet the new 11Alive "Trafficologists"

1:41 PM, Jan 24, 2014

Starting Monday, 11Alive will have a brand new look and feel for traffic reports in the morning. 

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