Thomasville Police Department (TPD) will begin issuing warnings Wednesday to truck drivers who use East and West Jackson Street — U.S. 319 — as their main travel route.

After two-weeks, the warnings will become uniform traffic citations. Truckers will have to pay traffic fines and/or appear in Thomasville Municipal Court.

Thomasville City Council supports TPD in their enforcement effort of off-route truck drivers, said Sgt. Rachelle Denmark, TPD public information officer.

“The trucks pose a big safety threat to drivers on Jackson Street who work or live off the main thoroughfare. Traffic can get very congested, the lanes narrow as the street leads into the downtown area, trucks carry unsafe cargo at times, and the potential for traffic accidents increases with truckers who use Jackson Street as a shortcut,” Denmark said.

Truck drivers making deliveries to local businesses and residents are exempt from a citation as long as they have an up-to-date manifest.

Denmark said police officers are aware of local trucking companies that have businesses on Jackson Street and will not make traffic stops on trucks with appropriate local markings.

The Georgia Department of Transportation will erect signs on Jackson Street warning truckers to use the 319 bypass or receive a traffic citation.

“The bypass was built to take the pressure off traffic on Jackson Street and its use as a main road leading to Tallahassee, Albany or Moultrie,” Denmark explained.

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