Click It or Ticket Campaign is Underway

Click It or Ticket Campaign is Underway

By / State News / Monday, 22 May 2017 04:00

RALEIGH, N.C. : May 22nd, 2017 - As summer kicks off and families hit the road for vacations, the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket. Aimed at enforcing seat belt use to help keep you and your family safe, the national seat belt campaign will take place through June 4, concurrent with one of the busiest holiday travel weekends of the year.
“Our law enforcement personnel see firsthand the loss of life when people refuse to buckle up,” said Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “It’s such a simple thing, and it should be an automatic next step after sitting down in a vehicle.”
In 2016, 452 people were killed and an additional 601 others were seriously injured who were not using seat belts in motor vehicle crashes in North Carolina. During that same year, 42 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities were unrestrained.
Between 2011 and 2015, an average 562 lives were saved per year due to the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles in North Carolina.
"Keeping motorists safe while they travel across North Carolina is our number one priority", said Col. Glenn McNeill, commander of the State Highway Patrol.  "Using a seatbelt while traveling offers significant protection if involved in a collision. The public can assist us in combating fatalities by simply buckling up."
If stopped by law enforcement, motorists can face a $179 fine.
To complement the enforcement efforts, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program produced several public service announcements to stress the importance of wearing a seat belt in Every seat, Every time. It’s the law.  The advertisements are running
through the end of May on radio, internet radio, and social media.  Governor Roy Cooper has also proclaimed May as Seat Belt Safety Awareness Month.
To help you and your loved ones stay safe this Memorial Day holiday, follow these safety tips when you travel:
• Buckle Up. Every Seat. Every Time.
• Don’t drink and drive. Make sure you have a sober designated driver.
• Obey the posted speed limit.
• Keep a safe following distance.
• Turn on your headlights in the rain.
• Put away all distractions including cell phones – One Text or Call Could Wreck It All.
Seat belts save lives, and everyone—front seat and back, child and adult—needs to remember to buckle up, every trip, every time. It’s the law.
Source: North Carolina Department of Transportation.

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