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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

October 2, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The federal highway administration turned to Albany to promote road safety. A film crew shot part of a road safety video here in town Thursday.

They interviewed a state trooper and the director of Albany Safe Communities for the video which promotes road safety audits nationwide. They've been able to get law enforcers who work wrecks on the roads in contact with the engineers who design those roads to make major improvements.

Michele DeMott said, "We were very fortunate to come in at the time we did our road safety audit. We were actually able to make changes immediately and since the implementation of these changes, we have seen an 83% reduction in crashes."

Trooper Jamie Sullivan added, "That is the number one goal, making the road safer for everybody."

Improvements have already been made in the Clark Avenue/Cordele Road area, which included additional turn lanes and new road markings.

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