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Archive for April, 2009

Leland Middle School students get a lesson in safety

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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Leland eighth graders took a break from math, science, and English for a lesson in safety.

The program focused on underage drinking, drugs, and driving safety. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission taught students the dangers of drinking and driving.

Then, the North Carolina Trucking Association presented the No-Zone program. Students got to take turns hopping in the driver’s seat to see why it is important to avoid truck drivers’ blind spots.

“Now I see what he’s talking about when he says a blind spot,” said Tyaun Bryant, an 8th grader at Leland. “Now I understand fully what they mean when truck drivers say they can’t see, because when I look down there, I see nothing.”

Program organizers said even though these kids are not old enough to drive, it is important to instill in them the rules of the road, and of course it is always a good idea to wear a seatbelt.

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Leland eighth graders took a break from math, science, and English for a lesson in safety. The program focused on underage drinking, drugs, and driving safety.

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Boaters may have to pass test

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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Some state legislators are trying to make it a requirement that all boaters pass a safety exam.

Two separate bills, one in the House and one in the Senate would make it mandatory for people behind the wheel of a motor boat to pass the safety test and carry the certification to prove it.

“I think it should be required. People don’t understand what the rules are of boating,” said Tom Conely of Wilmington.

However, not everyone in Raleigh is in agreement.

Representative Bonner Stiller has voted against the boating safety education bill. “It’s ridiculous. Now none of us are against safety, but um, to tell folks that its mandatory, is just another example of big government getting here on top of us when we don’t need it.”

Here are a few of the bills guidelines:
Visitors can operate a motorboat up to 90 days without having to pass a safety course.
Commercial fishermen do not have to take the test.
Teenagers from 14 to 16 must be supervised by someone 18 or older, who has a certification.

If the bill is approved, it will become law immediately, however depending on age, boaters have at minimum two years to pass the test and get certified.

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Two separate bills, one in the House and one in the Senate would make it mandatory for people behind the wheel of a motor boat to pass the safety test and carry the certification to prove it.

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Lower gas prices mean more travelers this Easter

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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With gas prices much lower this year than the last Easter holiday, law enforcement is expecting more drivers on the road. Highway Patrol and other agencies will be stepping up patrols on our roadways to make sure people are being safe.

With increased traffic comes with an increase in your chances of getting into an accident.

“We’ve noticed a great influx of people so far this week from Azalea Festival, right on through,” said Highway Patrol’s C.C. Albritton. “It being spring break, there are a lot of people traveling; there will be a lot of vehicles on the road. Don’t get in any hurry, and of course anybody taking any alcohol, don’t drink and drive.”

According to AAA, the state average for gasoline is around $2.01. A year ago, it averaged over $2.50.

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With gas prices much lower this year than the last Easter holiday, law enforcement is expecting more drivers on the road.

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Group hopes study will help increase film incentives

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

North Carolina film groups, private companies and a union have commissioned a study to show the economic impact of the entertainment industry in the state.

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Robeson County principal shot

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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Police are investigating the shooting of a Robeson County school principal who was wounded while driving to work Thursday morning.

Authorities said James Hunt of Fairmont Middle School was shot in the face around 7:30.

Robeson County Schools Superintendent said Hunt was sitting up and alert after being transported to Duke University Hospital.

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Police are investigating the shooting of a Robeson County school principal who was wounded while driving to work Thursday morning.

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