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GDOT: Drivers must now pay for damage caused by car wrecks

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Georgia's Department of Transportation has hired a firm to go after drivers who damage signs, guardrails and other state property in vehicle accidents.

The agency said thousands of crashes on Georgia highways cost the state millions of dollars each year. 

GDOT said it does not have the manpower to go after drivers responsible for accidents that damage state property.

"If you can increase revenue and keep costs down, I'm all for it," said driver Tom Stanley.

It is estimated the state can recoup up to $10 million each year if it actively pursued claims.

GDOT has hired Oklahoma-based Claims Management Resources (CMR) to go after money that is owed the state by drivers who cause accidents.

"That's what they are, accidents," said Gwen Baker. "It's not intentional so since we are taxpaying citizens I think it should be paid for by the government, not by the person."

GDOT said hiring CMR is not costing the state a penny. The company will get a share of any money it reclaims, up to $5,000 per accident.

Dale said CMR has had great success helping Oklahoma's DOT reclaim money.

"We're confident they will help the state get the money it deserves," said Dale.

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