COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Starting Monday, there will be two new deputies patrolling in Columbus County and they will just focus on people not wearing seat belts and speeders.
This year the county has a seat belt usage rate of 75.5%, which is the lowest of 15 other rural counties surveyed. From 2007-2011 there were 47 fatalities where a seat belt was not used. Plus, over the past five years, unrestrained fatalities have made up 57% of all fatalities in the county.
Sheriff Chris Batten believes, the lack of seat belts has to do with bad habits.
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