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Is Texting-While-Driving Ban Making an Impact?

ATLANTA -- Early data from Georgia, and the most recent national study, suggest texting bans aren't as effective as most wish they were.

The numbers show a very heated law off to a very slow start.

READ: Highway Loss Data Institute Findings

In Georgia, Governor Sonny Perdue signed a texting-while-driving ban into law earlier this year; it went into effect in July and started getting enforced in August.

"Since then, we have issued 30 citations," said Trooper 1st Class Carlos Searcy of the Georgia State Patrol.

That's less than one per day.

Try It Review: The Clapper

ALPHARETTA -- "Clap On, Clap Off, the Clapper!"  You have no doubt seen the commercials for the Clapper.  It is perhaps one of the most popular products to be sold on television infomercials. 

The Clapper claims it can turn the lights on and off without having to get out of bed or even touching a switch.

Nan Bodeep has wanted a Clapper as long as she can remember. So she's excited to try out a new model that can control two appliances at the same time.

It's supposed to be as simple as two claps for the first appliance and three claps for the second one

While it sounds simple enough Nan agreed to try it out just to make sure.

Per the directions, Nan and her daughter plugged two lights into the clapper then turned the switches to the on position.

Then she clapped two time and three time but the lights did not turn on.  So Nan read the directions again.

Storms Pelt Atlanta, Create Major Problems, Power Outages

SMYRNA, Ga. -- What began as afternoon showers graduated into heavy severe storms by evening that did damage from one end of the metro area to the other.

A tree fell on Georgia Tech's campus near Techwood. According to reports, catching a power line and possibly damaging a gas line, forcing some student evacuations from nearby buildings.

In Alpharetta, lightning sparked two residential structure fires.  No one was hurt and fire crews were able to contain the fire quickly at a structure on Morning Park Circle. Fire was extinguished quickly at a home on Oakstone Glenn.

Hail pelted Cobb County, coming down in chunks in Smyrna.

In Dunwoody a massive pine fell on the garage of a home on Shadow Court.

Severe thunderstorm warnings lit up the radar into the 7 p.m. hour as heavy rain bands bringing thunder and lightning spread across the night sky. 

GA 400 Tolls Extended 10 Years

ATLANTA -- The State Road and Toll Authority has voted to extend the tolls on Georgia 400 another 10 years.

Friday's 3-1 vote extends the tolls until January 2020, instead of removing them next year.

The Department of Transportation voted similarly earlier Friday morning.

Officials said 20 years ago that the toll would be removed when
its bonds were paid off.

SRTA Director Gena Evans and Bert Brantley, a spokesman for Gov. Sonny Perdue, say much has changed in those 20 years, including explosive population growth in the area served by the highway.

Funds collected from the tolls will be used on projects like improving the the GA 400/I-85 interchange.

Vote on Georgia 400 Tolls Coming Friday

FULTON COUNTY, GA -- Georgia commuters say the state will be breaking a promise if the tolls on Georgia 400 don't end next year.

"We've had enough crooked politicians trying to steal our money," said driver Dan Selton as he prepared to pay his 50 cents.

Selton and others remember the vow when the toll plaza on Georgia 400 appeared, how the state signed an agreement that the tolls would end when the bonds to finance the road were paid off in the year 2011.

As that date approaches, the Georgia State Tollway Authority will vote Friday on whether or not to keep the coins coming. If the tolls remain, the additional revenue would be used to make improvements at places like the often congested interchange of Georgia 400 and I-85.

To former Atlanta mayor Sam Massell, it's plenty of reason to keep the tolls intact.

Vote on Georgia 400 Tolls Coming Friday

FULTON Co. -- Georgia commuters say the state will be breaking a promise if the tolls on Georgia 400 don't end next year.

"We've had enough crooked politicians trying to steal our money," said driver Dan Selton as he prepared to pay his 50 cents.

Selton and others remember the vow when the toll plaza on Georgia 400 appeared, how the state signed an agreement that the tolls would end when the bonds to finance the road were paid off in the year 2011.

As that date approaches, the Georgia State Tollway Authority will vote on Friday whether or not to keep the coins coming. If the tolls remain, the additional revenue would be used to make improvements at places like the often congested interchange of Georgia 400 and I-85.

To Sam Massell, former Atlanta mayor, it's plenty of reason to keep the tolls intact.

Try It Review: Recycooler

ALPHARETTA -- If you tailgate before the big game or pack a picnic, keeping everything cool is always a concern.

For those times when you don't want or can't bring along a bulky cooler, you may have considered a disposable foam type. While light and convenient, polystyrene is nearly impossible to recycle.

That's where the Recycooler comes in.  It's a disposable, recyclable, cellulose cooler that uses eco-friendly material.  It's also made in the U.S.A.

The maker claims it's made from a minimum of 60% post consumer content and is easily recycled.

It has fully insulated lid and sides.

Laura Keim home schools her children along with two others.  So as part of a science lesson she provided some eager testers. Her sons, Sam, nine, Cole,six, and 12 year-old Doug along with a few friends were ready to try it out.