Officials in Henry County, Georgia, Cracking Down on Illegal Truck Traffic
HENRY COUNTY, GA. – According to an online news report published by henryherald.com, officials in Henry County, Georgia, are trying to crack down on illegal truck traffic on the county’s roadways. The enforcement is in response to accidents that have occurred on roadways that are not legal for large trucks to travel upon, according to the report.*
One accident that emphasized the need for additional enforcement, the report says, happened on King Mill Road close to Georgia Highway 42. A tractor-trailer traveling on the roadway ended up overturning. Officials say this is an area identified as a problem when it comes to illegal truck traffic, with large trucks taking roadways that they are not legally allowed to travel.
To try to combat the problem, officials and law enforcement officers are posting signage and ticketing drivers they see violating local ordinances. Currently, the penalty for violating truck travel rules is a $1,000 fine. Officials say the effort is part of a mission to keep people safe and preserve county resources, as residential areas and local roadways are not designed for this type of traffic.
“My biggest concern is citizen safety,” said District 1 Commissioner Johnny Wilson. “People are worried that the big rigs that accidentally get diverted through neighborhoods could end up running off the road and hitting someone. That’s my worst fear. Local county roads are meant for cars and light trucks, and the wear and tear by a loaded semi is equal to approximately 300 cars.”
Wilson said that one solution that could help with the issue is to implement a route dedicated for large truck traffic. This would allow truckers easier access through the county while keeping them off the local roadways. However, a challenging aspect of this solution would be incorporation of GPS routes, which can divert truckers onto local roads.
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