Seat Belt Violation Inspires Woman to Lose 200lbs

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Janette Colantonio, Seat Belt Violation, Before and After, Summerville, NC

Janette Colantonio Before and After Traffic Violation

A woman in Summerville, S.C., is thanking a police officer for giving her a seat belt violation ticket during a traffic stop. Why? Because it inspired her to lose weight. Janette Colantonio remembers the drive home from school that triggered a state trooper to pull her over. “I saw the blue lights behind me and I pretty much knew what the ticket was going to be for,” Colantonio said. She was driving without wearing her seatbelt, an instant $25.00 penalty in the state. Colantonio had not worn her seat belt for years. At 408 lbs, the seat belt wouldn’t cover her frame.  She remembers trooper Mark Amos being a kind man, but he still issued her a violation ticket in March of 2011. A year and a half later, Colantonio asked local authorities to help her find the trooper so that she could thank him for issuing her the ticket that inspired her to lose 200 lbs. “I’m sure there’s a lot of things that led up to that point, but that ticket was like reality in my face,” she said. “And I don’t know if I would have done it as quickly if I didn’t get the ticket.”

Although the trooper didn’t suggest that she lose weight, Colantonio believes by issuing the ticket, trooper Amos gave her the extra push she needed. She immediately started dieting, exercising, and studying healthy eating habits. “I never believed I could lose two hundred plus pounds in a year and a half, especially without surgery or pills,” Colantonio said. Trooper Amos hopes Colantonio’s journey will inspire others “It happens a lot with South Carolina’s obesity rate,” Amos said.”Hopefully she’s going to set a prime example what you can do and how you can better yourself.” Colantonio’s husband reveres his wife as an inspiration. “That you don’t need to be heavy. Anybody can change,” Matthew Colantonio said of his wife’s drastic lifestyle adjustment.”Anything they want to change, you just have to have motivation to change it.” Colantonio’s goal is to get down to 145 pounds. As she continues to lose weight, she wants people to join her by motivating folks through her Facebook page.

 South Carolina is one of a dozen states where more than 30% of the people are obese. Researchers have found extremely obese people are 60% less likely to buckle up when they get behind the wheel and are 56% more likely to die in a car crash.



  1. Andrea Barber

    September 8, 2012 at 2:12 am

    You go, Beautiful! Keep it up!! I am certain that you will reach your weight goal in your desired time frame. My LTC and I are encouraging one another to lose weight. We are doing the best that we can with the food chooses and workout several times per week. How often do you workout and what type of exercises do you do?

  2. C. Marshall

    September 9, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Janette I am very proud of you. You are an inspiration to all.

  3. crox1153

    September 9, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Janetta,we are very proud of you young,awesome job.

  4. crox1153

    September 9, 2012 at 7:42 am


  5. freeze

    September 9, 2012 at 9:23 am

    I bet you are now turn heads that you never turn before. I am proud that you had the courage to do something positive for your self.

  6. LarryJ

    September 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

    My hat off to her……..Now she will live longer with less health issues and she will feel better about herself…

  7. Guest

    September 9, 2012 at 11:43 am

    It’s obvious that she is also beautiful in the inside because she’s happily married and her husband loved her even at 480lbs. I wish them the best and hope that he continues to support her and join her in this healthy lifestyle. Sometimes husband’s get jealous when they start looking good and turning heads. I have a friend who’s husband was intentionally feeding her. She’s very attractive on the face and is smart with a great personality so when she decideded to lose weight he would tempt her by rewarding her with foods she liked. She eventually divorced him. It was sad.

  8. jacquie

    September 9, 2012 at 11:56 am

    You ard such an inspiration. Tell hubby his encouraging and support is what marriage is about, and we wives thank him for being an example as well. Girl yall write a book.

  9. stine

    September 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm


  10. stine

    September 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm


  11. Faith

    September 9, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Great Story.

  12. Lis

    September 9, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Good article. Kinda lame that you reference her FB page, but don’t link to it 🙁 WAY TO GO Janette!!!

  13. Zandra

    September 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    Great story – it is great for her to loose her weight – the healthy is working well on her!

  14. Porcelain

    September 10, 2012 at 12:44 am

    You are beautiful.

  15. Michelle

    September 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Great story. I hope more follow your example.

  16. Andrea

    October 8, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    You are N inspiration. God bless you as you continue toward your goal weight.

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