Commissioners Vote On No Parking Zones

On Friday, December 2, the popular item on the agenda for the Troup County’s Board of Commissioners was a discussion regarding a recommended text amendment to the Troup County Code of Ordinances, Chapter 74 – Traffic, Section 74-3 – No Parking Zones.

Tractor trailers and logging trucks present a road safety hazard for those who travel the southern end of Robert Hayes Road. These transfer vehicles have been parking in the road’s right-of-way, blocking travelers’ vision and causing them to swerve onto the other side of oncoming traffic. Without official enforcement rules, these tractor trailers and logging trucks could continue parking off to the side of the road while straddling an active highway.

However, on Tuesday, December 6, the Troup County Board of Commissioners met to decide on the text amendment regarding potential No Parking Zones for these tractor trailers and logging trucks in this area.

Sheriff James Woodruff, unable to attend the Board Meeting, relayed a message that he approves of creating this additional No Parking Zone. The Sheriff explained that he and his department have a hard time enforcing this type of road safety when the tractor trailers and logging trucks have all four wheels off of the asphalt. These large transfer vehicles, on the asphalt or not, block drivers’ vision and cause safety hazards. Along with these concerns, the Sheriff mentioned the safety threat that these transfer vehicles pose to Hillcrest Elementary School, located in this vicinity.

With a unanimous vote, the Troup County Board of Commissioners decided to carry the motion to approve a text amendment to the Troup County Code of Ordinance, Chapter 74 – Traffic, Section 74-3 -No Parking Zones.

This text amendment will go into effect within the next several days, helping the Code Enforcement Department, Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Transportation, and the Georgia State Patrol with future enforcement efforts concerning tractor trailers parking in the road rightof- way on the south end of Robert Hayes Road. The Troup County Roads & Engineering Department can now post “No Parking” signs at this section of Robert Hayes Road.

Peyton Hanners Staff Writer