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Cards carry message on road woes

Volunteers plan to patrol intersections throughout Pasco County thisafternoon handing out candy kisses and looking for signatures for their "Kiss Traffic Congestion Goodbye" campaign.

The workers will hand out stamped post cards, carrying a message in support of additional state money for roads and including a blank line for signatures. The post cards eventually will make their way to state legislators, after being returned to the District 7 Transportation Coalition - a business and government group in Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

The effort will be staffed by about 75 volunteers from the West Pasco, Land O'Lakes, Dade City and Zephyrhills chambers of commerce, along with the Pasco Builders Association and the Pasco Committee of 100. They will patrol intersections along U.S. 19, State Road 54, Seven Springs Boulevard, Little Road, U.S. 41, U.S. 301 and Meridian Avenue.

Along with the post cards, numerous Pasco businesses also will circulate petitions carrying the same message. The patrol is planned to begin between 4 and 4:30 p.m., and the volunteers will have 5,000 post cards to pass out.

"We'll be out there for as long as we have materials," said Paul Griffin, executive director of the Pasco Committee of 100. "I think we'll run out of post cards before we run out of traffic."