“The fine is not designed to be a deterant,” she said. “It is more about educating people on the potential cause of accidents.”
The Georgia Transportation’s Crash Analysis, States and Information Notebook ranked objects or animals in the roadway as the sixth leading cause of vehicle crashes in the state, Drenner said.
“The stats do not differentiate being hit by or falling out of a truck,” she said.
The bill, which still has to clear the full House and Senate, has met with “some resistance from rural legislators where the practice is much more common,” Drenner said.
The bill makes exceptions for animals that are secure containers, cross-tethered to the vehicles or in a truck with sides and tail racks at least 46 inches high.