The Daily Post gives a thumbs up to Gwinnett citizens who have stood apart this week.

In sync

Traffic lights on three busy Gwinnett roads have been synchronized to make the drive smoother. That means motorists may encounter less stop-and-go traffic when the highways are busiest.

We give officials a thumbs up for taking steps to make the ride a little smoother.

Ga. Highway 120 was recently equipped with new synchronized traffic signals from the Old Norcross Road intersection outside of downtown Lawrenceville to just before Riverside Parkway.

Upgraded traffic lights have also been introduced nearby on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road where Home Depot, Publix and an AMC theater anchor shopping centers.

Other Gwinnett roads outfitted with synchronized traffic lights include Jimmy Carter Boulevard from Rockbridge Road to Best Friend Road and U.S. Highway 29 from Harmony Grove Road to Pleasant Hill Road.

Two similar red-light "sync" projects are in early stages. The first covers Pleasant Hill Road from the Lowe's store near Mary Street through Shorty Howell Park in Duluth, including the traffic-choked intersections around Gwinnett Place mall, Wal-Mart and Asian grocery store Super-H Mart.

Intersections on Satellite Boulevard from Pleasant Hill Road through Old Norcross Road East are also included. More synchronized red-lights are in the works for the Norcross area on Buford Highway from Langford Road to Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Upgraded lights are also being added on Jimmy Carter Boulevard from Buford Highway to Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

Make a wish

William Crutchfield, 60, admitted to investigators that he shot his mailman so he go to jail and live off the government.

Thursday, a federal judge sentenced Crutchfield to life in prison for shooting Earl "Woody" Lazenby, on June 29.

Crutchfield, an electrical contractor who lived alone, told investigators he had $90,000 in medical debts for an unspecified ailment and feared losing his home. He said he saw news reports about Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph being sentenced to prison for life and decided he would be better off behind bars than on the street.

Frankly, we believe we're all better off with Crutchfield behind bars than on the street.

We also give Lazenby a thumbs up for his courage and dedication to his job. Lazenby, who is 52 years old and has been a mail carrier for 28 years, was hospitalized for more than two weeks before being discharged to continue a lengthy recovery. He suffered wounds including 29 holes in his colon and intestines and shattered bones in his arm. He recently started back to work part time and said he will return to his old route full time this week.