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Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 2:33pm

Poll: Georgians Oppose Heavier Trucks

A new survey shows Georgia voters overwhelmingly against a proposal to put heavier trucks on the road.

AAA conducted the survey as Congress debates whether to increase tractor-trailer weight limits from 80,000 to 90,000 pounds.

Trucking industry proponents say, the measure would cut costs, reduce emissions and keep more trucks off the road.

The poll showed that 71% of Georgians surveyed are opposed.

The auto club's Karen Morgan says, Georgia voters are concerned about road damage.

"Putting heavier trucks on our roads would only further damage our infrastructure needs, which we currently can't even keep up with," Morgan says.

Morgan also says heavier trucks could lead to more fatal accidents.

"These trucks are so much heavier than the vehicles that, unfortunately, non-occupants of large trucks are being over-represented in these fatal crashes."

The state's timber industry is among those pushing the legislative proposal.