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Archive for November, 2009

New laws go into effect December 1st

Monday, November 30th, 2009

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From reptiles, to school buses, to texting, a number of new state laws go into effect on Tuesday. Many of the new changes affect drivers; one of the biggest changes is no more texting behind the wheel. Violators could face a $100 fine and another $130 in court costs, plus it’s definitely not safe.

Many admit to texting while driving at one time or another.

“I was texting while driving, and I ran a red light on holly tree and was t-boned,” said Wes Hudson of Wilmington.

Even if you’re stopped at a traffic light, after December 1st, if you’re in the driver’s seat, and the car is turned on, texting while driving is illegal.

“I have actually texted while at a stop light, on my motorcycle,” said Chris Ebbe.

The new rule also outlaws e-mailing and surfing the web behind the wheel.

“I have enough trouble driving without talking on my cell phone or texting. I’m not for it at all, I think you should just be driving, that’s it,” said Lila Moeller.

December first calls for some other changes. License plate frames cannot cover the state name, or sticker displaying the year and month on license plates.

Another law gives new car owners a 3-day grace period to register their vehicle and pass inspection as long as they have insurance.

Violators of these new traffic laws will face warnings until November of next year.

Another law requires reptile owners to keep their pets in secured containers and subjects the owners to prosecution if the reptiles escape and attack someone.

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videoFrom reptiles, to school buses, to texting, a number of new state laws go into effect on Tuesday. Many of the new changes affect drivers; one of the biggest changes is no more texting behind the wheel.

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Text and drive? $100 fines take effect Tuesday

Monday, November 30th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Local law enforcement agencies plan to enforce the state’s new texting while driving ban, but would rather motorists comply voluntarily.

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Local firefighters help make Habitat homes safe

Monday, November 30th, 2009

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Local firefighters spent a day off installing fire sprinkler systems inside twenty-two Habitat for Humanity homes.

By installing a sprinkler system and smoke alarm in your home, you can increase your chances of survival in a fire by 82 percent. It is especially important to think about this time of year because Christmas trees are the cause of many house fires.

Fire and Safety educator Meg Langston said, “We recommend that you have a sprinkler system and the reason for it is – it offers precious moments for family members to get out and be safe. It also helps protect our firefighters because it offers them the opportunity for the fire to be under control by the time that they arrive.”

One sprinkler head puts out 8 to 13 gallons of water per minute.

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Local firefighters spent a day off installing fire sprinkler systems inside twenty-two Habitat for Humanity homes.

By installing a sprinkler system and smoke alarm in your home…

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Autopsy complete in Elizabethtown murder

Monday, November 30th, 2009

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Investigators have completed autopsy reports involving the death of an Elizabethtown man.

Twenty-two-year-old Caleb Stoker shot and killed 41-year-old Ricky Carroll at Tory Hole Park in October. WWAY was told Carroll did not approve of Stoker dating his daughter.

Elizabethtown police would not release details from the autopsy because of the ongoing investigation. However, Carroll’s mother-in-law told us the family had seen the report.

According to the family, Carroll was shot five times.

Carroll’s daughter, Cristan, has since been granted a protective order against Stoker.

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Investigators have completed autopsy reports involving the death of an Elizabethtown man.

Twenty-two-year-old Caleb Stoker shot and killed 41-year-old Ricky Carroll at Tory Hole Park in October.

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Woman still in critical condition after crash at Shipyard and Independence

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Jennifer E. Savickas, 21, was admitted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with critical injuries following the crash at Shipyard and Independence boulevards.

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