Thumbs up: Increased signage and law enforcement are being considered for Lucabaugh Mill Road, just north of Westminster. Resident Rick Pfisterer said: "It used to be a quiet road. Now you take your life in your hands." Travel on the road has increased significantly, to approximately 1,000 drivers during the morning and evening rush hours, thanks to the frequent backups on Md. 97 with many thousands using that route to get to work in the morning or home in the evening. Numerous drivers seek alternate routes because Md. 97 cannot handle the traffic, Sheriff Jim DeWees said. It is a concern that the county commissioners and State Highway Administration know about, said Commissioner Stephen Wantz, R-District 1. The road is listed as Carroll's No. 2 priority for improvement, according to the county's priority letter to the SHA. Clearly a long-term solution is needed, but until something is done to ease traffic on Md. 97, more signage and enforcement on side roads can't hurt.