Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
August 23, 2005
Albany- Twisted metal, broken glass, and a tragic injury or loss of life. State troopers say deadly crashes are the hardest to work.
"Recently, it's not uncommon for us to get called out on a Tuesday morning, Monday morning, work night and we're finding out a lot of people aren't learning. They're still wanting to get out and drive drunk or under the influence," says Trooper Scott McClure.
Last year, 37 more people died in alcohol-related crashes on Georgia roads than in 2003. State troopers say they've also seen more drivers who are under the influence of drugs.
"I've noticed the drug cases from DUI has gone up marijuana, cocaine and we've had some ecstasy," McClure says.
But in Dougherty County officials say they are seeing a reverse trend.
"We've actually seen about a 25% decrease in the number of alcohol crashes in since 2000. About 112 in 2000, and last year we had 73," says Michelle DeMott of Albany Safe Communities.
DeMott says frequent road checks, high visibility enforcement, and increased patrols by Dougherty County law enforcement have played a big factor in the reduced numbers.
"The people who are out there who might be inclined to get behind the wheel tend to think twice because they know that they have seen us out," DeMott says.
If increasing patrols will keep motorists from driving impaired and causing fatal wrecks, officials say that's what they are willing to do.
Nationwide the number of alcohol-related fatalities dropped by more than 220 from 2003 to 2004, That's a 2% decrease.