17 People Died On NC Roads This Weekend

It was a deadly weekend for drivers on North Carolina roadways, 17 people were killed in nine separate crashes including at least two people from our area.

According to The North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety the largest accident was in Transylvania County on US 64, six people were killed. A crash in Columbus County on NC 214 killed three other people, alcohol was a factor in that one. Then a double fatality in Wayne County on US 13 left two motorcyclists dead; 59 year old Charles Poe from Greenville and 57 year old Lenwood Whitley of Chocowinity. Of these crashes, seven of the victims were not wearing seat-belts.

According to statistics 318 people have lost their lives on North Carolina roads during 2009, of those 124 were not wearing seat belts.

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  • by Bud Location: Washington on Apr 21, 2009 at 11:25 AM
    And wearing a seatbelt doesn't guarantee your safety in a car anyway. It's sole purpose is to keep you from flying through the windshield. So if you wear one, odds are you'll survive most wrecks. But if you don't wear one, you're probably going to have a face full of glass when that car crosses the double yellow at you. More people wear seatbelts than not, so naturally because their numbers are higher, so too will the number of deaths be higher for seatbelt wearers just cause there aren't many people these days who don't buckle up.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Apr 21, 2009 at 06:57 AM
    Think about it like this...perhaps wrecks kill people regardless of a seatbelt...like if you're hit head on by an 18 wheeler, I doubt it would matter if you had 12 seatbelts on, you'd still be dead. The point is, the death numbers would probably be much lower in that category if those folks who were killed HAD been wearing a seatbelt. Either way, common sense says more people will be killed despite wearing a seat belt because MOST people are smart enough to know it's the law, and the majority of the population DOES wear one while driving. Therefore if 95% of people wear a seat belt, it's a very small portion of people who don't that pose a risk of death in a wreck, though the risk is much higher when not wearing one. It comes down to percentage of people killed while wearing one vs percentage of people killed while not buckled up. I'm sure many auto accidents are made worse when people aren't wearing a seat belt.
  • by Steve Location: New Bern on Apr 21, 2009 at 03:56 AM
    That just makes you wonder why wearing seat belts is sooo important if 194 died while weraing them and only 124 died that were not wearing one. Is the math correct on this one???
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    That can't be right 70 more people who were wearing seat belt's died than those that were not.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 20, 2009 at 02:07 PM

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