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Total of 16 fatal accidents in Columbus Co. in 2009

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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - There have been 16 fatal accidents in Columbus County so far this year.

In an effort to prevent more deaths, law enforcement agents are cracking down on people who don't wear seatbelts with their "Click it or Ticket" campaign. 

"Because there is an increase in fatalities in Columbus County, the men have made an extra effort than they normally do, to show more of a presence and be stricter with the law then they normally are," said First Sgt. Stuart Mitchell with NC Highway Patrol.

Columbus County saw another fatality Wednesday afternoon when 18-year-old Joey Rashawn Soles drove his SUV into a ditch along Prison Camp Road.  Soles died on impact.

According to troopers, Sgt. Mitchell was trying to pull Soles over for not wearing a seatbelt, but Soles tried to get away and flipped his SUV.

"He never stopped," said Sgt. Mitchell.  "When I was able to approach him, he never yielded at all - he just took off."

Sgt. Mitchell wants the public to know that if a trooper spots you not wearing a seatbelt you will get a ticket.

The "Click it or Ticket" initiative ends June 1, and the next one will take place during the July 4th weekend.

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