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Already deemed unhealthiest, many in Columbus County won't buckle up

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- In April, Columbus County was ranked the unhealthiest in the state. Now county residents are considered the least likely in the state to wear a seat belt.

A survey by the Governor's Highway Safety Program shows only 75 percent of drivers and passengers in Columbus County use their seat belts. That's the lowest out of all counties surveyed.

'"I guess it kind of goes hand in hand with us being rated last as far as healthwise," Columbus County native Harry Edwards said.

Edwards says he consistently wears his seat belt, but he can see why so many in Columbus County don't. A lot of it, he says, is because the county is so rural.

"We have so many short trip drivers, that to them it's an inconvenience to buckle up and unbuckle," Edwards said. "In their mind, they think, 'I'm just going a short distance.'"

The state says in the past five years, there have been 47 deaths in the county related to not wearing seat belts. This year alone, Highway Patrol says more than 1,600 drivers have been ticketed for seat belt violations. That's up 30 percent from last year.

All next week, Highway Patrol will crack down on seat belt violations with 14 troopers on roads throughout Columbus County.

A seat belt ticket conviction is a $160.

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Thinning the herd

Unhealthy obese people who don't buckle up when they drive? Sounds like Darwinism at work.

Let's see

worst health; second or third highest unemployment rate; and the fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $160.

Seems they are really pushing to get that reality tv show.

Put a big old apple barrel in a country store. The show opens with Uncle RC rocking in a rocking chair with a piece of straw to chew on. He starts the show by commenting on the latest misadventure of one of his boys.. Shakes his head; pushes his straw hat back off his forehead Then that boy and associates take over to discuss the week's antics.

Will put that country store on the map.

Decrease the unemployment rate as all those who appear on the show recieve a monthly check.

Gives Uncle RC, and his pet Frog, access to the media.

Has to be more entertaining than the Queen Teen Mom from Oak Island.

seat belt

I remember when the seat belt law started. It was awful then to wear one, so uncomfortable because I wasn't use to it. I always wear mine now and have since that day, I feel odd without it fastened.

I got the "Point, You don't"

TAXATION BY CITATION without representation is at work here. The government could give two flips about your safety. The seatbelt law is a hoax. It only exists to collect citations and court costs. That's why we don't have seatbelts on school busses or motorcycles, and riding in the back of pick-up trucks. Why can't you see the plain truth when it's squarely in your face?! Do you really believe that your county government is in control of rabies? Because they collect taxes for your dog ownership? Well then, rabies should be erradicated by now, but instead, we have a 100% increase this year in New Hanover alone. After the county has collected a million dollars - in TAXES. Pender County had no increase, with a tenth of the same budget. People need to wake up. Your government is taxing you to death with citations. And, buckle up your seatbelt, because they're coming up with new rules and laws to cite you every day. You are a bunch of poor SUCKERS, because you believe government is looking out for your health and welfare.

If county, state and federal

If county, state and federal people wore their seatbelts maybe more of us would think it necessary to wear ours, I haven't noticed any motorcycle or moped or golfcart operators wearing theirs, wouldn't you think in a free country that would be an individual choice?

BM

I,M NOT CONCERNED WITH WHETHER THOSE PEOPLE BUCKLE UP OR NOT. THATS THEIR CHOICE. THEIR LIVES. THEIR CHANCE OF BEING IN A WRECK, KILLED OR LUCKILY ONLY GETTING A TICKET. I WEAR MINE ALL THE TIME. I WORE IT BEFORE IT WAS EVEN A LAW. MY OLD 67 MUSTANG EVEN HAD LAP BELTS IN IT. I WORE IT THEN, TO.

seatbelts

I think you are missing an important here. The individual choice you are referring to has cost many their lives.

Call him out

The King racist instigator in the Bat Cape in New Hanover County has cost many government employees their jobs, homes and lives. But no one seems to write news about him?

Someone been letting you eat some a them mushrooms

out in the cow pasture again? Ya know them mushrooms are making ya say some pretty strange things, Im thinking.

Got no idea what your talking about an Im thinking most folks dont either just like me.