COMMERCIAL VEHICLE DRIVERS URGED TO PREPARE FOR WINTER STORM

February 10, 2014

MOTOR CARRIER OFFICERS WARNING COMMERCIAL DRIVERS

OF APPROACHING WINTER STORM

 

Officers with the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety are warning commercial motor vehicle drivers again today of the approaching winter storm and providing travel safety tips at the state’s inspection stations.  MCCD officers are providing each driver with printed information and education materials as they pass through inspection stations.

“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.   Officers are also distributing the weather and travel information at truck and fuel stops throughout the state, as well as interstate rest areas and the welcome centers.  “We have also partnered with the Georgia Motor Trucking Association (GMTA) and other trucking industry groups to relay the information,” he added.

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.

Motor Carrier Compliance officers are encouraging commercial vehicle drivers to monitor local weather and road conditions from local AM/FM radio stations where they will be traveling as conditions can change quickly.

Drivers are also being encouraged to plan an alternate route of travel around affected areas should conditions worsen.

 

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