Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:50 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:50:57 GMT
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life. Now the family of Barbara Bass is speakingMore >>
The family of a Miller County woman is mourning tonight after GBI investigators say the 58 year old was murdered by her husband, before he took his own life.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:38 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:38:36 GMT
Dougherty County Police Officer issues seat belt citation
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe. Police saidMore >>
The Memorial Day Holiday weekend is here, and Dougherty county police are gearing up for a busy weekend. They'll be keeping a close eye on the roads, and are asking motorists to stay safe.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:25:44 GMT
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses. They are there to represent the men and women fromMore >>
The Albany Dougherty County Post of the American Legion will be on the lawn of the Albany Mall Saturday morning at 8:00 to erect 122 white crosses.More >>
January 15, 2003
Albany -- If you're in a car wreck in Georgia, there's a nearly 25 percent chance the other driver doesn't have insurance. Because there are so many uninsured drivers, Georgia has a new electronic database to catch them. It goes into effect in two weeks. But State troopers say you still need to keep up to date insurance cards with you.
Georgia State Patrol Trooper Scott McClure pulling over a car, can check to see if it has valid insurance by accessing the Georgia Computer Information Service. Dispatchers at the Patrol Post check the car through the Georgia Electronic Insurance Compliance System, or GEICS.
Starting February 1st all Georgia vehicles must have their Vehicle Identification Number and proof of insurance in the GEICS system, or you could get a ticket. GSP troopers say they will still accept insurance cards while the bugs are worked out of the database. But they say this system is needed to protect you from uninsured drivers.
Trooper McClure said "There are a lot of uninsured motorists out there. This will catch them and will catch the counterfeit insurance proof cards. We run across a lot of them."
Even though the computer will be the first check, you will still need an insurance card in your car. David Colmans of the Georgia Insurance Information Service said "If you drive out of state, and an out of state police officer could ask you for your proof of insurance, and you don't have that card with you, you could be creating problems for yourself."
Getting the estimated one million uninsured motorists off the road is the idea behind GEICS. Insurance companies have been getting ready to meet the new requirements. Colmans said "This has all been done at great coast to the insurers and at great cost to the state."
There is an estimated 8 percent error rate in the statewide computer service now. It's recommended you check with your insurance agent to make sure your VIN information is correct, because after February 1st it could leave you stranded.
Trooper McClure said "That vehicle is not allowed on the roadway. Therefore your vehicle will be towed and you will be given a citation for no insurance."
Better get your insurance checked. If you change your insurance company or buy a new car, a coverage declaration will be accepted for 20 days. If you rent a car, a copy of the rental agreement will be considered proof.