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Cresskill, New Jersey, Considers Drive-Thru Ban

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Residents of one New Jersey town may soon have to get out of their cars to pick up a triple mocha cappuccino blast or Egg McMuffin.

That's because residents of Cresskill, New Jersey, are complaining about drive-thrus causing traffic congestion, NorthJersey.com reports.

"We might wait 10 minutes to get into our parking lots,” resident Gail Rothbard told CBS 2.

A proposed answer? Banning the construction of any more of them. And if Cresskill does ban the drive-thrus, it wouldn't be the first town to do so. City officials in Baldwin Park, California -- the birthplace of the drive-thru craze and the hometown of famed burger chain In-N-Out -- have already banned all future drive-thrus, USA Today reports.

But some Cresskill residents oppose the ban, noting that drive-thrus are just a part of modern day life. "It's just one of those things that people really need because of our pace of our times now," Cresskill resident Gus Patty told CBS. "We need to keep going, keep moving!"

While many may share Patty's opinion, organizations like the Sierra Club argue that drive-thrus aren't a good thing for consumers' wallets or the environment:

Taking the fast-food industry as an example, and taking into account that the average McDonald's drive-through wait is 159 seconds, we can calculate that the company's consumers burn some 7.25 million gallons of gas each year. The figure for the entire U.S. fast-food industry? Roughly 50 million gallons.

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