Big rigs asked to stay off of interstates during winter storm - CBS46 News

Big rigs asked to stay off of interstates during winter storm

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SMYRNA, GA (CBS46) -

They are large, heavy, and do not do well on ice so 18-wheelers are being asked to find another route to their destination as a severe winter storm approaches.

The request is coming from Gov.  Deal's office, and the Georgia Department of Transportation backs the request.

According to GDOT, large trailers were part of the root cause of the gridlock Atlanta drivers experienced during the last winter storm.

On Monday morning, Col. Mark McDonough announced a mandatory pull-in at all of the weigh stations across the state.

According to McDonough all commercial trucks were to be given flyers detailing the state's expectations of them during the storm, and when to put chains on their tires.

However, truckers who drove into Metro Atlanta later in the day say they either were not asked to pull into those weigh stations at all, and if they did stop, were not given the flyer.

On Interstate 75 commercial trucks were being stopped by a public safety officer. He was handing out the flyer to them, and doing a quick inspection at the same time.

Most trucks are not allowed to be inside the perimeter unless they have a special permit showing they are making a delivery or pickup.

GDOT wants to make sure no trucks travel inside the perimeter over the next few days unless they absolutely have to.

"We really have to demand that these trucks hear our request and avoid not only travel around the perimeter, which of course they are allowed to do at any other time, but to really adhere to that law that says, no travel through the downtown connector," said Natalie Dale, a spokeswoman for GDOT.

However, truckers pulling into the Pilot travel center on Atlanta Road just off of I-285 in Cobb County say they are not being told by their companies to avoid the Metro area.

Some of them say they were signaled to pull into the weigh station, but no one was there. And still others say there has been no chatter on their radios about any of the state's plans.

According to the Department of Public Safety, enforcement of the law that prohibits the tractor trailers inside the perimeter will continue to be enforced at normal levels until the bad weather hits. At that time, they will increase their enforcement.

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