For Immediate Release: MDOT Reminds the Public to Share the Road with Log Trucks (PHOTO ATTACHED)

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> JACKSON, MISS.— With the recent fall back for Daylight Savings Time, motorists will be traveling more at night. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reminds motorists to be alert for log trucks, especially during early evening and morning hours.
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> Mississippi’s logging industry plays a vital role in the state’s economy. Keeping the traveling public safe is MDOT’s top priority, and with the time change, motorists are reminded to share the road safely with log trucks.
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> Year round, log trucks must have a permit to be on the road two hours before sunset and two hours after sunset with a 12-foot rear overhang. During the day, log trucks must have a red flag on the back of the longest log. At night, log trucks must have an amber or red flashing light on the back of the longest log.
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> View a brief video demonstrating the nighttime visibility of a log truck at 90 feet, 20 feet and 10 feet here:http://ow.ly/WkGw3062S6p. By following these safety guidelines, potential crashes can be prevented. Help MDOT keep the traveling public safe—be alert for log trucks, especially at night, and leave enough space between vehicles.
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> “To help reduce potential crashes, we want to ensure the traveling public is aware of these log trucks and alert for them, especially during early evening and morning hours,” said Chief Willie Huff, MDOT Office of Enforcement director.
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> The Office of Enforcement’s primary responsibility is the regulation and safe operation of commercial motor vehicles on state and federal highways. Along with preserving Mississippi’s transportation infrastructure, these laws and regulations help further MDOT’s efforts to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities.
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> To report safety concerns on Mississippi highways, visit GoMDOT.com. For current travel information, visit MDOTtraffic.com, dial 511 or download the free MS Traffic app from the App Store or Google Play.
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> MDOT reminds the traveling public to be alert for log trucks traveling Mississippi roadways, especially during early evening or morning hours. Watch a video demonstrating the nighttime visibility of a log truck here: ow.ly/WkGw3062S6p.
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> In 2016, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) celebrates 100 years of service. Since 1916, MDOT has been responsible for providing a safe intermodal transportation network that is planned, designed, constructed and maintained in an effective, cost-efficient and environmentally-sensitive manner. Today, MDOT’s objective remains to maximize taxpayer’s dollars by providing a safe, efficient multimodal network which enhances economic stability and growth. For more information, visit GoMDOT.com.
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