Georgia truck drivers will still have jobs as automated big rigs become more common, but the industry will change drastically in other ways, according to the American Transportation Research Institute. There is still a great deal of groundwork to be done, including updating infrastructure, before autonomous trucks can play a significant role in the industry. Much of this infrastructure work, which includes smoother highways and communication between highways and vehicles, must be done by the public sector and not private companies.
Georgia readers may want to be extra careful over the upcoming holiday season. Studies show that the U.S. mortality rate spikes over Thanksgiving and stays elevated for months afterward. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the U.S. death rate jumped about 5 percent between November and December 2013.
With the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use expanding after the 2016 elections, there is greater potential for Georgia authorities to encounter drivers who have used the drug recently. Florida's legalization of the drug for medical purposes brings the issue closer than ever for Georgia residents living near the state border. While those driving personal vehicles could raise legal challenges related to testing for pot impairment, the trucking industry is expected to retain its existing ban on the use of marijuana and other Schedule I drugs.
Most truck drivers operating on Georgia roadways will be subject to a rule requiring electronic logging devices to keep track of hours on the road. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit voted unanimously in favor of the mandate, which was drafted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
Most of the country has followed the "spring forward, fall back" practice of daylight saving time for years, but now studies find that the time change can cause serious health problems that can contribute to more accidents.