Thursday, June 20 2013 12:09 AM EDT2013-06-20 04:09:02 GMT
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards. WG&L leaders say the utility is paying $20,000 dollars a monthMore >>
The Albany Water Gas and light commission is preparing customers for a change that starts soon for those who pay with debit or credit cards.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:41 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:41:18 GMT
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today. Century Pines Assisted Living Center threw a party for resident Charles Walker who turned 101 today. Walker wasMore >>
An Albany man who was born when Woodrow Wilson was president celebrated his birthday today.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:34:54 GMT
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing. A couple of businesses are thriving there. The new art park is open, and a sidewalk improvementMore >>
For years, the area right across the street from the RiverQuarium has been rundown, but that's changing.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-06-20 03:20:33 GMT
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come. Tonight, The Albany Dougherty Inner City Authority board began discussionsMore >>
Downtown Albany leaders are looking for ways to make sure the Flint Riverquarium remains an important part of downtown for years to come.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:51 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:51:07 GMT
Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
April 10, 2007
Albany --The state has raised millions of dollars to pay for mandatory drivers education classes for teens. But get this, most of that money won't ever go to those safety programs even though many teens have a tough time finding a class to take.
Driver's ed instructors say that could mean more dangerous roads.
17-year-old Shelby Cosby says her Driver's Education class helped her behind the wheel. Cosby said "no crashes, no tickets, so far, so good." Cosby took her Driver's Education course at Deerfield Windsor, with her parents paying the way.
Under Joshua's Law now all Georgia teens have to pass a state-approved driver's ed course that includes 30 hours in the classroom and 40 hours behind the wheel. The law authorized a five percent surcharge on traffic violations to start that program. So far the state has raised $11.9 million from the surcharge, but spent only $2.7million on the driver's ed program. The rest of the money has gone back into the state's general fund, and will not be sent back.
Meanwhile many parents are searching desperately for classes for their teen. Driver's instructor Gordy Gruhl said "I know there was some money allocated for all that, and we don't know what happened to that money."
Highway Safety statistics show that driver's education efforts in the last decade have worked in South Georgia. Safe Communities Coordinator Michele DeMott said "we've seen a tremendous reduction in the number of crashes in Albany and Dougherty County since the institution of graduated driver's licensing in 1997. "
In 1997 in Albany and Dougherty County, teen drivers between the ages of 15 to 19 were involved in 723 traffic crashes. In 2006, after a decade of driver education efforts, there were only 381 crashes involving teen drivers, a 47 percent decrease.
In 1997 there were 64 crashes involving teens 15 to 19 related to speeding. In 2006 that number dropped to just 14. Seat belt usage increased and the number of injuries in teen crashes in Dougherty County also went down. DeMott said " Joshua's law we really feel like it will continue to reduce those crash and injury numbers."
The Georgia Driver's Education Commission says the program takes time to develop,and most of the state's teen will soon be able to take the classroom instruction on line.
Gruhl will teach twice as many classes this summer trying to keep up with the demand of teen's wanting the course so they can get their license. Gruhl said "I think it's a problem. We get calls all the time about it, and people are frustrated."
But many Georgians think lawmakers should have set up the program before requiring it, and spend the money they mandated to make Georgia's road safer.
Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in traffic crashes at about 8 in the morning or between 4 to 5 in the afternoon when most are driving to school and back.