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Two families walk away from collision in Wilmington

Thanks to their seatbelts, two families walked away from a collision in Wilmington Thursday afternoon. Witnesses say, a black minivan rolled through a stop sign heading south on Troy Drive and t-boned a black Saturn on Shipyard Boulevard. Everyone involved in the crash went New Hanover Regional Medical Center, but none of them had life-threatening injuries. "I'm glad that everybody turned out alright, especially my sister and her babies and whoever the other driver was and I just want all of this to come to an end,” said Lakeitha Smith. Officer Larry Zettlelmaier said, "People need to be more aware of their driving habits as well as aware of problems with other people's driving, that is why Wilmington has the highest accident rate in North Carolina for at least six years running." Lakeitha Smith's sister, Tonya, was driving the minivan. She is charged with a stop sign violation and driving with a revoked license.

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If people with revoked

If people with revoked licenses would stay off the road, like they are supposed to, the accident rate would be a great deal lower! Look at the kid on the motorcycle who killed himself and Shak the cab driver. If this woman and this boy had not been behind the wheel/handlebars then that would have been two less accidents this year and, more importantly, two less fatalities!

I never was a big fan of

I never was a big fan of seatbelts, but having worked in auto body shops for many years, I have seen enough "head holes" in windshields to make a believer out of most anyone. One particular car I worked on somewhat convinced me that seatbelts are a pretty good idea. I have been wearing mine long before they were required by law.