GA DOT works with financial recovery company to save taxpayers money
Nita Birmingham, District Communications Officer
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -
The Georgia Department of Transportation is working with a financial recovery company to save taxpayers money. A new partnership is increasing the money the state gets from drivers who crash and damage DOT property.
An average of 12,000 crashes a year cause $10 million in damage to state property. DOT leaders say this new partnership is helping the state recover more money to pay for repairs.
When guardrails, road signs or bridges are damaged in crashes, the Georgia Department of Transportation is responsible for repairs and recovering damages from the people responsible. The Department is now getting help recovering those damages.
"DOT has contracted with CMR this company in Oklahoma to do claims recovery for our property that's damaged," said Nita Birmingham.
From 2009 through 2013 the DOT collected less than $2 million in property claims. Claims Management Resources has dramatically increased that amount.
"Since August of last year to date has collected over $1 million statewide for DOT in claims recovery," said Birmingham."
In our district the company recovered more than $78 thousand dollars in 62 claims last year.
"In January, District 4 submitted 25 claims for almost $35 thousand and the company has recovered 19 claims for about $30 thousand," said Birmingham.
DOT officials say guardrails are the most damaged state property in our district. Birmingham says contracting with CMR will lessen the burden for safety officers in the department.
"Just from August to December 2013 our safety officer here submitted 156 claims to this company, so that gives you an idea of how many claims have come in or that we're trying to process for our area alone," said Birmingham.
Officials believe the partnership will continue to exceed their expectations, so that they can continue repairing damaged property to keep the roads safe. The contract with CMR is at no cost to Georgia taxpayers.