Georgia Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Truckers Ahead of Winter Storm
Atlanta, GA — Law enforcement officers in Georgia are cracking down on truckers ahead of a winter storm expected to hit millions of residents across multiple states this weekend.
A winter weather event, which could become an all-out ice storm for cities along the Interstate 85 corridor, is bearing down as it is soon expected to impact travel conditions throughout parts of Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas.
In preparation for the treacherous weather, the Georgia Department of Public Safety Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) has begun conducting 100 percent “pull-ins” of all commercial motor vehicles (CMV) at the weigh stations throughout the state.
This will continue throughout the day on Friday and into the weekend, officials said.
Once CMVs pull in to the weigh stations, MCCD officers will recommend that they take alternate travel routes outside of the I-285 perimeter of Atlanta.
MCCD will remind truckers they are not allowed to travel within the perimeter during hazardous conditions, except for the following circumstances:
• Pick-up or deliveries.
• Traveling to or from a motor vehicle terminal.
• Traveling to a repair facility inside the perimeter.
• Traveling to or from their residence inside the perimeter.
Violations are considered a misdemeanor and could result in fines ranging from $150 to $1,000, MCCD said.
Additionally, MCCD informed CMV drivers will also be reminded of the tire change requirements once access to a roadway has been limited due to inclement weather conditions.
Georgia law requires operators of CMVs (other than buses) with four or more drive wheels traveling on a road declared as limited access due to inclement winter weather conditions to affix tire chains to at least four of the drive wheel tires.
A CMV who causes an accident or blocks the flow of traffic while failing to comply with the requirements could be fined up to $1,000.