Wednesday, June 19 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-06-19 15:46:18 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 >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 10:16 AM EDT2013-06-19 14:16:37 GMT
Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her. She is charged with cruelty to aMore >>
Demetria Porter, charged with causing the death of Ja' Kavion Davis, appeared before a judge at the Dougherty County jail this morning to hear the charges against her.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 9:45 AM EDT2013-06-19 13:45:09 GMT
COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) - About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports (http://bit.ly/17WfBX4) thatMore >>
About 100 soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Benning in Georgia after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. The unit is made up of soldiers assigned at Fort Benning and medical personnel from throughout the Army.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:49 AM EDT2013-06-19 12:49:18 GMT
By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press BERLIN (AP) - Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs asMore >>
Trying to tamp down concerns about government over-reach, President Barack Obama on Wednesday defended U.S. Internet and phone surveillance programs as narrowly targeted efforts that have saved lives and thwarted at least 50 terror threats.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 12:44 AM EDT2013-06-19 04:44:24 GMT
Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.Several hundred canoeists and kayakers are taking part in Paddle Georgia 2013. It'sMore >>
Visitors paddling through south Georgia enjoyed a street party in their honor tonight.They gathered in downtown Camilla.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.