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February 12, 2007

Albany - The Georgia State Patrol is asking the Dougherty County Commission for a helping hand. Albany Post Commander Sgt. Scott Woodell asked the commission for $27,000. That money would supply his troopers with new, state of the art radar systems.

They'll let troopers read the speeds of four vehicles at a time, even in congested areas. He says, "We're seeing the higher speeds, it's become evident in our fatality rate."

While state money is decreasing for troopers, fatalities almost tripled in 2006. 19 compared to only seven in 2005.

Both the finance and public safety committees voted to recommend the grant to the whole commission. Some of the radars in the units haven't been replaced in ten years.  

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