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Kinston Free Press (Newspaper) - August 31, 2015, Kinston, North Carolina As the school year opens be watchful for school buses if we look carefully at the statistics we find school buses Are one of the safest forms of transportation. In fact a study published in 2008 by the National Highway transportation safety administration Nitsa that examined 414,399 fatal crashes since 1998 demonstrated Only 1,409 were school related crashes a less than one half of one percent of All fatalities. But despite that reassuring statistic the fact is every person who Dies is 100-percent dead. When the victim is a child we move from sadness and regret to a genuine sense of tragedy. Sometimes distracted Drivers Are the culprit. Sometimes a lapse in judgment sends people to the hos column Mike Parker Pital or morgue. How does anyone miss a big yellow bus with flashing lights we have All observed someone pass a school bus that has stopped its lights flashing extending the Stop Arm. That blatant disregard for safety angers me. Do people really think that until that Stop Arm is fully extended they Are free to Dart around the bus what if some eager child begins to Cross the Street before the Arm is completely extended and a car comes zooming around the Laws in North Carolina Are specific about stopping for school buses. On a two Lane Road traffic in both directions must Stop when a school bus stops. On a two Lane Road with a turning Lane All traffic must Stop for the school bus. The same Law applies to four Lane highways without turning lanes. Traffic in both directions must Stop. Any Driver on a four Lane Road that has a turning Lane and is following in the same direction As a school bus must Stop. The same Rule applied to highways with four lanes or More with a median. Only traffic following in the same direction of the bus must Stop. The Law on stopping for a school bus is Clear. Is 20-217 a. Provides a when a school bus is displaying its mechanical Stop signal or flashing red lights and the bus is stopped for the purpose of receiving or discharging passengers the Driver of any other vehicle that approaches the school bus from any direction on the same Street Highway or Public vehicular area shall bring that other vehicle to a full Stop and shall remain stopped. The Driver of the other vehicle shall not proceed to move pass or attempt to pass the school bus until after the mechanical Stop signal has been withdrawn the flashing red stoplights have been turned off and the bus has started to violating this Law earns the Driver a class i Misdemeanour and a minimum Fine of $500. If injury or death follows the infraction then penalties mushroom. Still should we need a Law to instruct us in what is essentially common sense who does not understand that when the Stop Arm is out and the lights Are flashing Drivers must Stop i suggested last year that we should equip the Stop arms of school buses with cameras a fore and aft a to photograph those who decide to race around a stopped bus. Last monday the first Day of school my daughter in Law posted a photo of Alex 6, and Isaiah 8, standing at the end of their driveway waiting for the school bus. The photo is a Beautiful shot capturing the backs of two Little boys framed against the Jones county Farmland across the Street from their Home. As Lovely As the photo was what immediately crossed my mind was this prayer a lord keep those Little boys Safe As they ride that today i Pray that prayer for All our children. May we not have a single child injured or killed because someone decides a text message a phone Call a radio station or running late for work is Worth doing something criminal a and deadly. Mike Parker is a columnist for the free press. You can reach him at Mpark-erl6@suddenlink.net or in care of this ant outed from Ai difficult when the Competition was Over both Posey and Richardson were in first place in their divisions. Richardson also took Home an award for scoring 1,200 Points in a single weekend. The state championship was the duos second tournament of the summer and Only Robertson a second tournament since he started shooting competitively in 2014. A a in a Over the Moon for him a a Posey said. While both Posey and Richardson plan to continue competing through the remainder of the summer they Are preparing to shift focus to another set of competitions. Posey coaches the Archery team at Arendell Parrott Academy and Robertson Hopes to join the team this year. They Hope to help the school qualify for the state championships in High school events As Well. Posey also Hopes to Start a Junior olympic Archery development team in Kinston. Dustin George can be reached at 252-559-1077 or . Com. Albert Witherspoon a Marine corps Veteran from Kinston who served at Cherry Point right talks with Kimberlee Aviles a National service officer with the Dav in the Dav s Mobile service unit that came to Havelock on tuesday. Photo by Drew c. Wilson / Halifax news service Mobile Dav office is first in the Region by Drew c. Wilson Halifax Media service Havelock i Albert Witherspoon had been trying to get a schedule change for his hearing disability. It had been two years since he filed his Appeal with the veterans administration on tuesday Witherspoon drove from his Home in Kinston to the Havelock office of the disabled american veterans. That a where the Dav Mobile service unit gave him the answers he needed. A i got what i needed to get done a said Witherspoon a radio operator for the Marine corps from 1980 to 1986. A the question was answered that i needed to be answered. These Guys Are doing a Good w Itherspoon was one of 65 veterans and Veteran spouses who came out tuesday to get All sorts of questions answered and issues settled at the Dav. A a it a a great organization a Witherspoon said. A a it a very helpful especially when you can to get up to Winston Salem which is the main office in the state Quot David Jennings commander of the local Dav chapter that serves Havelock and Carteret county said the organization exists to help veterans. A a we re Here to help the veterans and obviously the word got out Quot he said. A a we re volunteers Here to help veterans get their packages into the veterans administration As Best we can. Our time is theirs and we will give them our Best Jennings said the intent of having the Mobile unit in Havelock was to help veterans expedite claims. A they can provide answers to specific questions that we cannot Here a Jennings said. A we Only have Access to so much information for some of these individuals at the local level however at the state and National level they have Access to All these records and they can see things and they can make things happen much much faster. We have assisted a Bunch of folks Here on our own that did no to need to see the Van Laurie White is one of about 30 volunteers who work at the Havelock Dav. A the Best Way to help is to get the word out Quot said White who was helping Jennings w Ith a packed House on tuesday. White said the High number of veterans who turned out tuesday was a Clear message a it says that we have a lot of veterans that Haven to been helped yet that need the she said a the More we get the word out the More we can help people and make it easier for veterans to get the help that they need especially when they done to know about it. The Mobile unit has brought More people because we advertised about it. The More we spread the word the More we can help the Havelock office has been open since May of last year in Westbrooke shopping Center a now that we have a physical address for people to come to its much easier to see people a White said. A we got a lot of donated computers. We just got three new computers we have them hooked up so that we can Send things directly up to the Dav and the a instead of printing All these forms and mailing Bob Branscombe helped establish the office. A it started off slow but right now we re working at least too people a month coming through Here Quot he said. A a the Dav office is open from to a m. To 4 . Weekdays. Appointments May be made by calling 252-652-9166bikes minute front Ai the $75 registration fee covers one Bike and one helmet for an underprivileged youth in Kinston or Goldsboro. A you can to play at a private Golf course for $75 most places and this includes a Nice lunch at the Golf course Quot Hill said. Representatives from the salvation army will be on hand As Well. The spokes group raises the Money purchases the bikes and helmets and the salvation army distributes the bikes to families in need. A during Christmas normally we have about 800 to 1000 kids we serve a Captain Curtis Kratz of the salvation army said. A they help All the other salvation armies in our area As Well and when you think about i minor care oat inned from Ai patients checking into the de at any Given time with higher numbers typically in the colder months Dawson said. In August the average was 99 minutes she said. About 25 percent of the patients coming to the de Are relocated to minor care with less acute problems Dawson said. Quot the patients that we like to see Over there Are things would take hopefully less than 90 minutes a she said sore throats sprains earaches colds flu symptoms anything that you could typically be seen in the doctors office a clinic an area of the ambulatory and gastroenterology units was utilized to create four curtained Bays and two private rooms for minor care a kid Riding a Bike is one of the most amazing the spokes groups Mission is to put underprivileged Young people in the Community on bikes. A a it a something that gives the kid something that is his but it also gives the kid something that allows him to be Active and allows him to get from Point a to Point a Quot Kratz said. A bikes Are an amazing thing that kids need to have. Its part of their development a Hill agreed. A a it a a lot of work but the dividends it pays Are Well Worth it because it brightens a child a Christmas a she said. A we want to invite everyone to join the spokes group of Eastern no has helped thousands of residents make a connection with thousands of children. For the organization it is All about Community and giving something Back. A a you re making an Impact for More than just one Day a Kratz said. A a it a not a toy they re going to look at and just put on the shelf. Its something that can be utilized and be used for a to Register As a participant sponsor or Volunteer Contact spokes group at 252-939-1770. The fundraiser will take place at i . Sept. 15, at the Walnut Creek country club. Lunch will be served from la a m. To 12 30p.m. The event includes prizes and giveaways including a new car from Dan Wise Chevrolet for a Hole in one. Pea tour Winner and club pro Clarence Rose will also be available to meet participants in the Golf tournament. Natalya Negron left listens to Jeanne Warren s heart As Kasey Moye Waits to assist thursday at the emergency department s minor care unit at Lenoir memorial Hospital. The smaller Ward was created to treat minor injuries and illnesses and help relieve Long wait times and congestion in the emergency room. Photo by Zach Frailey / the free press the de which has 23 Bays. That area is Down the Hall from the de with the waiting room and Bays to the left. A registered nurse and an emergency technician Are assigned to the minor care and the physicians rotate through the department Dawson said. The times the unit is of Are based on when there typically higher volume patients. Its open from a m. To to . Daily. But Dawson said the St is looking into the need keep additional Beds of in the later evening hours in Belk senior Day modern Southern style. 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