The Los Angeles Police Department made a wise choice. Over 30 celebrities responded to their earnest plea to send out Twitter messages urging Californians to avoid the 405 Freeway when Carmageddon dooms this weekend, closing down the most clogged freeway system in the city, all the way from the Hollywood Hills to the 10 Santa Monica Freeway.
Thanks to the celebrities' efforts, more than 100 million followers on Twitter were made aware of the world's largest traffic jam, and hopefully, will continue to stay home.
Ramps to the normally clogged Interstate 405 began shutting down Friday evening before the entire roadway was closed at midnight, reports the Associated Press.
The 53-hours blockage of the 10 miles stretch of Interstate 405 is feared for causing a great deal of chaos and accidents. If you think it's bad now, let me just make something absolutely clear: on July 16th and 17th, it will be an absolute nightmare, said Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
With the celebrities' warning messages, hopefully the worst scenario can be avoided.
Below is the collection of funny & generous tweets by the celebrity heroes in Carmageddon:
Tom Hanks @tomhanks
This weekend, LA! Avoid Carmageddon, Gas-zilla, 405-enstein, Grid-lock-apalooza! STAY HOME. Eat & shop local! Hanx
Ashton Kutcher @aplusk
LAPD asked 2tweet: 405fwy btwn 10 & 101 will b closed July16-17. In xchange I would like a free pass on that stoplight tickt IT WAS YELLOW
Eric Roberts @EricRoberts
Nothr tip frm CHP: The freeways aren't free if U pay with your life. Buckle Up!
Kim Kardashian @KimKardashian
Stay away from the 405 Fwy the weekend of July 16 & 17, it will be closed btwn the 10 Fwy and 101 Fwy North & South!
Paris Hilton @ParisHilton
Hey LA, who's scared of Carmageddon? I'm not leaving my house to drive anywhere this weekend.
Khaneshia Smith @Khaneshia 'KJ' Smith
Everyone is forced to respect the Sabbath #carmaggedon.
Rob Corddry @robcorddry
LAPD asked me to warn you to avoid the 405 Fwy July on 16-17. But I'm not going to. Matter of fact, come to my party @ the LAX exit Sat!
William Shatner @WilliamShatner
LA friends, the 405 closes this weekend in what surely will be Carmageddon Remember also that @TheCaptainsTV airs on @EpixHD on 7/22!
Adam Levine @ adamlevine
I think I want to throw a tailgate party for Carmageddon. Meet me at the 405 tomorrow. Let's party.
David Spade @DavidSpade
nostradamus predicted carmageddon... and i think mob wives.. and possibly hoarders but i may be wrong
Kevin Smith @ThatKevinSmith
LOS ANGELES! The end is nigh! #Carmageddon is upon us! On Sat/Sunday, avoid the 405 Btw the 10 and 101 like you'd avoid a Kevin Smith film!
Christina Applegate @1capplegate
Maybe the old dude who predicted end of days meant CARMAGEDDON! And for that I say bravo old crazy guy!
Ryan Seacrest @RyanSeacrest
Wait, what!? There's stuff to do in LA that doesn't require a car? #nobodywalksinla http://on.fb.me/qeAOPF #carmageddon
Conan O'Brien @ConanOBrien
The LAPD asked me to warn you to avoid the 405 Fwy on July 16& 17, or else the red light photo of me driving in a satin slip goes viral.
Fred Willard @Fred_Willard
#carmageddon will be over monday 6am. We return to the daily #carmageddon monday 6:30 am.
Michael McKean @MJMcKean
I'm tired of carmageddon. I'm going with carmageddadavida.