Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
October 4, 2005
Albany-- There's a car wreck every two and a half hours in Dougherty County. And someone is killed in a wreck every 33 days. There are more cars on the roads and they're traveling more miles.
And as a result, the cost of car crashes to the community has skyrocketed to nearly $48 million a year.
An estimated 26,000 cars drive through the intersection of North Slappey and Palmyra Road everyday. That means roughly one quarter the population of Dougherty County is driving through this one intersection daily. As the traffic flow increases, so the chance of crashes, and deaths.
Albany Safe Communities Coordinator Michele DeMott says, "People dying at the rate people die in traffic crashes would be considered an epidemic."
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety reports that Dougherty County on average has a traffic fatality every 33 days, a car crash injury every 5 hours, and a crash every 2.4 hours.
National Transportation Department figures estimate each fatality costs the community more than $1 million in combined costs.
DeMott said "For vehicle premium insurance, for lost work time, for lost income to a family. So the costs mount very quickly."
The estimated cost for a visible injury from a crash is $55,000. Using this formula, traffic crashes cost Dougherty County $48.5 million last year. Obviously cutting down the number of crashes can be a big savings to the community, and would not be hard to do.
DeMott said " Watch where you are going. Slow down. Wear your safety belt in the event of a crash."
Police say drivers slowing down would greatly cut the number of traffic crashes. Albany Safe Communities has received a grant of more than sixty thousand dollars from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, to continue their traffic safety campaign for the year 2006.