Georgia’s forestry industry is a crucial component of the state’s economy. The chances are high that you will encounter a logging truck on your travels throughout Georgia because of Georgia’s thriving forestry industry. Therefore, motorists are just as likely to encounter Georgia logging trucks on interstate highways such as I-95 and I-275, state roads, and back-country roads as well. The increase in the number of logging trucks on the road commensurately increase the chances of becoming a victim of a logging truck accident in Georgia.

The prominence of logging trucks on Georgia’s roads necessitated the passage of regulations by the Georgia legislature to help ensure everyone’s safety. Before 1991, there were few regulations in place that governed forestry product transportation. Since 1991, rules and regulations have developed that specifically govern how logging trucks transport forestry products across Georgia. Additionally, logging truck drivers must follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations. These two sets rules complement each other and work to ensure that logging trucks and other trucks that transport wood-based products deliver their goods safely no matter upon which road they travel.

The Georgia Department of Safety’s forestry product regulations is an exhaustive list of rules. These rules govern the qualifications of logging truck drivers in Georgia, the definition of a logging truck, the required safety features logging trucks must display, properly securing cargo, and inspection obligations. For example, the GDPS regulations require a red or amber flashing LED light to sit on top of a load that hangs four feet or further from the tailgate of the truck. The flashing LED light calls motorists’ attention to the potential danger of the load and gives the eye something to use for depth perception as a trailing vehicle approaches a logging truck.

The GDPS regulations defer to the federal regulations concerning particular rules. Therefore, GDPS refers explicitly to the federal regulations for the laws regarding the time of service and the presence of alcohol on board.

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