Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
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 >>
February 10, 2005
Albany -- Even though there are more cars on Dougherty County roads than ever before, the number of crashes is down. So were the number of people hurt in crashes.
The best news, the number of people killed on Dougherty County roads in 2004 is down by 45 percent over last year.
A car crash Tuesday afternoon sent four people to the hospital. Nineteen-year-old Erica Adams was the most seriously injured with a fractured pelvis. She was wearing a seat belt. Albany Safe Communities Coordinator Michelle DeMott said "That's an injury that could have been a fatality had that person not been buckled."
There are more cars on Dougherty County roads than ever, logging more miles. But in 2004 the number of crashes, people injured, and most important traffic fatalities were all lower than in 2003.
Two years ago, there were 20 people killed in traffic crashes in Dougherty County. DeMott says Police addressing problem areas helped cut the number of dead to 11 in 2004.
DeMott said "Where we are having right angle crashes. Where we are having crashes at high rates of speed. Where we are having problems so they can go out and immediately address those problems."
Technology has made cars safer. Since 2001 Albany Safe Communities has run a number of awareness campaigns urging drivers to slow down, wear their seat belts, and not drink and drive. The statistics show it is paying off. DeMott said "Hopefully we're raising that awareness and getting folks to think a little bit more when they are behind the wheel."
There have been at least 4 traffic fatalities in Dougherty County so far in 2005, so the statistics may not improve this year. But law enforcement says traffic will smoother, if everyone practices safer driving habits.
The number of Driving under the influence crashes in Dougherty County were down 21 percent last year. That's 31 percent lower than in 2002.
Tougher laws and court sentences are credited with having less people drinking and driving in Dougherty County.