LAWRENCEVILLE -- Frustrated by traffic in the days following the start up of the HOT lanes system on Interstate 85, three men turned to the Internet to start a fight and find others willing to protest.
On Thursday, they joined forces.
Victor Ramkissoon, who began the Facebook Against the Peach Pass page, Howard Rodgers, who began an online petition at stopthehotlane.com and Chris Haley, who began a blog at stoppeachpass.org, announced the creation of StolenLanes.org, a group that solidifies the opposition in the community.
"The number of citizens represented by our combined coalition is a force to be reckoned with," Howard Rodgers said in a press release, adding that the three had a combined group of 10,000 supporters.
"The number of people opposed to the recent implementation of the HOT lanes keeps growing," Ramkisson, of Snellville, said. "This is not a problem that will go away without acknowledgement of the issue and a plan to correct it by (the State Road and Tollway Authority) and the Georgia Department of Transportation."
The groups are expected to converge at a town hall meeting next week.
Rodgers has been planning the event, set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.
"Our groups are banding together to support this cause and increase our strength in numbers," Haley said. "While some government officials try to downplay the seriousness of the impact to the community, we're stepping up to be recognized."