Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 11:29:09 GMT
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91. At least 40 ofMore >>
The Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office is now saying that at least 40 more have been killed after a deadly tornado outbreak barreled through Oklahoma, bringing the death toll to 91.More >>
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 >>
July 5, 2006
Albany-- It's been nearly ten years since the state of Georgia began implementing tougher restrictions for teen drivers. Lawmakers hoped the rules would save lives. Many teens still aren't big fans but the tough restrictions are working.
In 1997, Georgia lawmakers introduced graduated driver's licensing for 16-year-old drivers and more restrictions for other drivers under 18. Since these restrictions have been in place, the death rate of teenage drivers has seen a downward spiral.
Driving is almost a necessity these days and almost everyone has their own key to fulfill that need. 16-year-old Bethany Baggett loves the freedom her key gives her each day.
"I can go anywhere, just whenever," says Baggett. She got her license to drive in March. A few months later and she's already behind the wheel of her own vehicle but she makes sure she practices safety. "Just pay attention and try to stay off the phone," says Baggett. So far she's crash free and a recent study by Johns Hopkins reveals that states with restrictions on teen drivers like Baggett have fewer deaths.
"It is working. It is working," says Michele DeMott with Albany Safe Communities. In Georgia, teens can apply for a learners permit at age 15 but they then have to wait a year and a day before they can go back and take a road test to receive a Class D license.
"The first six months of a class D license, the driver cannot have unrelated passengers in the vehicle," says Demott. Tough love for teens. Other restrictions include limits on night-time driving and even keeping up attendance in school.
"If the license bureau is notified that the teenager has missed ten days unexcused, their license will be suspended," says DeMott. Even if the restrictions aren't popular with teens, they have had a positive effect. "What we've seen is about a 37 percent reduction in the rate of fatal crashes of teenagers in those years," says DeMott.
And nationwide, states with at least a few restrictions on young drivers had at least 11 percent fewer fatal crashes compared to states without. Bethany feels the restrictions are reasonable.
"If I wouldn't have driven for a year first, then I would probably be really bad," says Baggett. So far the tough love for teens has helped save lives.
Nationwide about 1,000 teens die each year in crashes. Between 175 and 200 teens die each year in Georgia.