Saturday, May 25 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:37:45 GMT
Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.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.