Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
September 25, 2006
Valdosta - When police work an ATV related accident, it's usually not a pretty sight. "We've worked a few ATV accidents and almost every times it's serious injury or death involved," says Sgt. Earl Durrance of the Valdosta Police Department.
In fact, statistics show 30% of the estimated 740 ATV related deaths in 2003 were children. Most of these deaths occurred when children ride adult size ATV's.
With the start of hunting season and cooler weather, local retailers have seen an increase in ATV sales. And with that spike in sales, retailers want to ensure the rider's safety, especially children. "We always recommend a helmet. The ATV is not a babysitter. They still have to watch their child," says Ray Hedgecock, owner of Powerhouse Outdoor Equipment.
To avoid an accident, make sure your children are riding the properly marked ATV. This small ATV is made for children between the ages of 6 and 12. It includes many safety features and it's top speed is about 25 miles per hour.
Now compare that to this adult size ATV. Almost three times it's size, it can weigh up to 800 pounds and speeds excess 70 miles per hour.
And when children and more than one passenger get on these vehicles, it could spell disaster. "You put four or five people on these things and that's when accidents happen," Hedgecock adds.
Police and retailers say the best way to ensure a safe ride for you and your children is to follow all safety instructions and labels on the ATV.The US Consumer Product Safety Commission says they expect statistics on ATV related deaths for 2004-2005 in the next few weeks.