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Really, how hard would it be to make the freeways one way out of town until the exodus is over?

Update: The governor did, at least some of them:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) took the unprecedented step of reversing traffic flow on the inbound lanes of several major Houston area freeways so that stalled drivers could move inland. He also ordered gasoline tankers moved to the evacuation routes to give fuel to stranded motorists.

Second update Apparently the “counterflow lane” idea just led to worse tie-ups and had to be abandoned.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com