In preparation for the predicted winter storm, Georgia Department of Public Safety has issued several warnings to truck drivers.
“All trucks entering Georgia are required to pass through the inspection stations (100% pull-in) until further notice and our officers are handing each driver printed materials,” MCCD Commander Major Gene Davis said.
In addition, officers are also handing out weather and travel information at truck and fuel stops, rest areas and welcome centers throughout the state.
“We have also partnered with the Georgia Motor Trucking Association (GMTA) and other trucking industry groups to relay the information,” he added.
According to the Department of Public Safety, the information includes:
– A copy of the weather advisory for the state;
– A reminder to drivers that thru-truck-traffic is not allowed inside the I-285 perimeter of Atlanta unless there is a pick-up or delivery to or from a shipper physically located inside I-285; going to or from a repair facility for service which is physically located inside I-285; or a driver going to or from their residence located inside the perimeter.
– Information concerning Georgia law that operators of commercial vehicles (other than buses) with four or more drive wheels traveling on a road declared as limited access due to inclement weather shall affix tire chains to at least four of the drive wheel tires. Bus operators shall affix tire chains to at least two of the drive wheel tires before proceeding on a road with limited access due to inclement weather conditions.
Authorities are urging drivers to closely monitor road and weather conditions.
Drivers are also being encouraged to plan an alternate route of travel around affected areas should conditions worsen.