Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

February 27, 2014

Teens injured in I-75 wreck

VALDOSTA — Two teens were injured in a two-car accident Wednesday morning on Interstate 75 and charged with an increasingly common seatbelt violation.

At approximately 7:55 a.m., the Georgia State Patrol responded to a vehicle accident at mile marker 19 on I-75 southbound. Alvinson White, 18, of Hahira was driving a 1999 Ford Escort when he attempted to use the far left lane to pass a 2009 Lincoln Town Car in the middle lane. While attempting the pass, White ran off the outside edges of the far left apron, overcorrected by veering into the middle lane, and was struck by the Town Car, according to Sergeant L. Carl Taylor.

The Town Car’s driver, Floyd Aldridge, 76, and his passenger, Patricia Aldridge, 69, both of Lawrenceburg, Ky., were not injured in the accident. White and a passenger, Tiashja Johnson, 17, were transported for treatment of minor injuries, said Taylor.

White was charged with driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane. Both White and Johnson were allegedly wearing only the shoulder strap portion of their seatbelts and not the lap belts and were charged with improper use of a seatbelt, according to Taylor.

“Our approach to wearing a seatbelt is that the law requires that a seatbelt is to be worn according to the specifications of the car’s manufacturer,” said Taylor. “The purpose of the lap strap is to keep you in position. If you don’t have it, you are less capable of maintaining control of the vehicle.”

Taylor said troopers are seeing an increase in seatbelt violations where only a shoulder strap is used, which gives the appearance that a seatbelt is being properly worn.

Text Only
Local News
  • election.jpg Black earns most votes in runoff

    State Rep. Ellis Black led the votes for state Senate District 8 Friday with seven of seven counties reporting certified results, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140724-LAT1.jpg Little Actors Theatre ready for summer show

    Since 2004, the Little Actors Theatre has provided a place for children ages 6 to 19 to express themselves through acting.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072414-MichelleNunn003.jpeg Michelle Nunn visits Valdosta

    The day after learning that her Republican challenger would be David Perdue, Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Michelle Nunn kicked off her Common Sense and Collaboration Tour Wednesday by meeting with business owners in Atlanta, Athens and Macon and continued her tour Thursday morning by visiting the David S. Waller Unit facility of the Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • lunch.jpg Valdosta One Lunch feeds summer-hungry kids

    Hunger is a concept that many people associate with third-world countries, not their hometown. However, in Valdosta, hunger is real. To combat this hunger, a group of Valdostans have created Valdosta One Lunch, a program that distributes bagged meals to children in need.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • thumbs up.jpeg Moody squadron commander reaches milestone

    The 75th Fighter Squadron commander hit a career milestone July 17, by surpassing 3,000 flight hours in an A-10C Thunderbolt II.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • water.jpg New equipment expected to deal with Lowndes water violations

    The Lowndes County Commission’s recent approval of $1.6 million for water-treatment equipment is expected to counter a past series of water-quality violations within the county.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 142314-Goodwill.jpg Goodwill hosts the Mexican Consulate

    Mexican citizens living in South Georgia have spent this week lining up at the Valdosta Goodwill to meet with the Mexican Consulate to obtain Mexican government issued identification.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140723-Tree001.jpg Chamber plants 100th centennial tree

    Founded in September 1912, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers in the state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140723 - Operation M#10E3C7.JPG Veterans First

    With Moody Air Force Base expecting to lose 300 to 400 personnel due to government cutbacks, area organizations are working with military personnel about to enter the civilian work force.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lowndes increases millage rate

    For the first time since 1999, the Lowndes County Commission voted Wednesday to increase the millage rate.

    July 24, 2014

Top News

School starts again in about two weeks. What do you think?

It's still summer. School starts too soon.
Seems like the right time to return.
Abolish summer recess. Make school year-round.
     View Results