Georgia voters overwhelmingly reject the idea of allowing heavier trucks on the nation’s highways. A survey from AAA comes as Congress debates increasing tractor-trailer weight limits from 80,000 to 90,000 pounds. The auto club’s says, 71% of Georgia voters oppose the proposal, mostly on safety grounds.
Logging trucks on Georgia’s state and local roads could soon be two tons heavier. Lawmakers will consider a bill when the General Assembly convenes in January to increase the weight limit for trucks hauling forest products or poultry.
More than a quarter of Georgians are hitting the roads for the holidays in the next couple of weeks, prompted by low gas prices and high airfares. That’s 2.5 million Georgians who plan to travel 50 miles or more for the holidays, a slight increase over last year.
Travel industry experts credit a rebounding economy and the BP oil spill with a prediction for more Georgia travelers Labor Day weekend. AAA says, 921,000 Georgians, or about seven percent more than last year, will take a holiday trip this year. Tybee Island tourism officials say, hotels and home rentals on Tybee Island already have seen the tourism increase.