Mandatory towing on some routes to be implemented at 9 p.m. tonight
State still assisting in retrieving abandoned vehicles
by Staff Reports
Georgia State Patrol, Georgia Emergency Management Agency, National Guard troops and Georgia DOT HEROs will continue to assist motorists in retrieving abandoned vehicles from Metro Atlanta interstate highways until 9 p.m. tonight, but will be compelled to implement mandatory towing of any remaining vehicles on certain routes from that time forward to ensure a safe roadway for the morning commute.
Two staging areas for transport to these vehicles remain open:
• Motorists who left their vehicle on I-20 and I-285 West should report to the Westlake MARTA station (parking area), at 80 Anderson Ave. SW, Atlanta.
• Those who left their vehicle on I-75, the top end of I-285 and the Downtown Connector (I-75/I-85) should report to Mount Paran Church (parking area), at 2055 Mount Paran Road, Atlanta.
If a vehicle had to be towed already for safety reasons, officials will have a database to help motorists determine at which impound facility it is located. Authorities will provide transportation to the facility. Motorists should bring car keys and driver's license to check-in.
At 9 p.m., the GSP will begin a tag-and-tow removal process for vehicles remaining on Interstate Highways 285, all interstates inside the perimeter, Interstate 75 from I-285 to I-575 on the northwest side and on Interstate Highway 20 from I-285 to Six Flags Hill on the west side. After 9 p.m., owners should call 511 for information on their vehicle's location as the GSP will be at the Department of Transportation Management Center. All individuals are strongly encouraged by the GSP to recover their vehicles before 9 p.m., as these abandoned vehicles are hindering clean-up efforts and may present a safety hazard as travel resumes.
State law (A.C.C.G. 32-6-2) stipulates vehicles considered by the Department and law enforcement agencies to be impeding the flow of traffic are to be removed by law enforcement if necessary.
Note a vehicle may not remain in the exact location at which it was left, especially if left in a travel lane. Georgia DOT has partnered with Metro Atlanta towing companies to assist in moving such vehicles to the roadway shoulders.