Sunday, May 19 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-19 14:19:32 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
March 8, 2007
It may or may not surprise you that we have received more negative feedback on this subject than any other editorial. Seat belts in pick-up trucks. Of 333 pickup truck occupants killed in Georgia in 2005, at least 233 were not wearing seat belts. Over 70% While traffic fatalities in Georgia rose by 8 percent between 2003 and 2005, deaths in pickups jumped by 32 percent.
Overall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that requiring seat-belt use in trucks would reduce the risk of fatal injury by 60 percent, saving at least 21 lives and preventing 300 serious injuries a year. Less important but still significant, it predicts that extending seat-belt mandates to pickup trucks would save Georgia taxpayers $62 million a year in lost productivity, medical and legal costs.
Convinced by such numbers, the Georgia Senate last week voted 45-10 to end, Georgia's seat-belt exemption for trucks. Unfortunately, the prospects for passage of Senate Bill 86 are dim in the House, where Speaker Glenn Richardson has called mandatory seat belts an intrusion on freedoms.
It's hard to fathom Richardson's argument, considering that Georgia law has long required seat belts in cars and civil libertarians aren't marching on the state House in protest. Safety belt use in Georgia is now the highest in the Southeast, at 90 percent. And because more Georgia drivers buckle up in their cars, fewer of them die in car accidents.
Georgia and Indiana are the only two states that allow the seat-belt exemption for adults in pickups. If Georgia gets rid of the exception, the state likely would be eligible for an allocation of over $20 million in federal funds.
Legislators who oppose seat belts in pickups also complain that the requirement would inconvenience farmers, but the bill exempts vehicles used for off-road agricultural purposes. it's time Georgia joins the rest of their country.