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gridlock

obstruction of urban traffic caused by queues of vehicles forming across junctions and causing further queues to form in the intersecting streets
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Where gridlocks occur, it is not difficult to see why they are caused.
Increase the time setting here and this will reduce tailback gridlocks in north-south directions, and deter the temptation to jump lights.
For instance, in Adliya 326, where I live, every junction from my house is a gridlock.