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 >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
January 14, 2008
Albany -- They're excuses many drivers have used before.
"I'm late for work. I have a doctors appointment. I wasn't paying attention. It just got away from me," says Trooper First Class Andrew McKenzie with the Georgia State Patrol.
But those excuses given to state troopers and law enforcement officers by speeders they've pulled over don't stand in the way of the danger they bring to the roadways.
"Speeding leads to crashes, and crashes lead to fatalities," said McKenzie.
In 2006, over 1,700 people were killed in car wrecks in Georgia. That prompted Governor Sonny Perdue to introduce the "super speeder" legislation in 2007.
If passed this year, speeding fines will be increased for anyone caught driving 85 miles per hour or more on any road in Georgia, or 75 miles or higher on a two lane highway.
Trooper McKenzie admits he's seen his fair share of speeders. "In North Georgia, I saw some triple digits. Down here, I haven't seen any triple digits. However, I've seen some above 80 in the Albany area that we cover."
Tickets for those speeds could result in tacked on fines upwards of $200.00. But while the higher fines outlined in the bill would hopefully save lives by slowing drivers down, the estimated $25 to 30 million earned from super speeder fines would go towards Georgia's trauma care network, which is in dire need of funding.
Either way, those that patrol the roadways just want drivers to slow down.
"There's no excuse. Everyone know what the speed limit is. And we need the drivers to obide by those speed laws,"McKenzie said.
Excuses aside in 2008, stiff fines could be coming to those that put the petal to the metal.