The GHSP plans and supports several highway safety initiatives each year.
"Click It or Ticket" began in 1993 and has become the national model for an enforcement and education campaign of the same name operated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Since then, the agency has led law enforcement officers and other highway safety advocacy groups in initiatives such as Booze It & Lose It, R U Buckled, and Nuestra Seguridad. In 2007, GHSP launched a new speed campaign, No Need 2 Speed (NN2S) and Be Safe Share the Space (BSStS), a commercial motor vehicle safety initiative.
The "Booze It & Lose It" campaign zeros in on drunken drivers with innovative and extensive anti-driving while impaired (DWI) enforcement and education. Sobriety checkpoints are continually set up in all North Carolina counties as part of the state's highly effective anti-drunk driving campaign.
Law officers use six mobile breath-alcohol testing units, better known as BATMobiles, to increase the efficiency of on-site DWI processing. Each BATMobile is equipped with workstations for Intoxilyzer 5000 breath test instruments, cellular telephones, computers, officers’ workstations, magistrates’ work area, lavatory, DWI checkpoint signs, traffic cones, traffic vests, search batons, screening tests devices and all other necessary equipment and supplies for processing DWI suspects.
In North Carolina and across America, millions of deaths and injuries are caused because people don't use safety belts and child passenger safety seats. Research shows that appeals to "do the right thing" don't work for the people who don't use belts. What gets them to buckle up is high visibility enforcement. That means checkpoints and traffic tickets for drivers not using belts.
North Carolina's "Click It or Ticket" program began in 1993 to increase seat belt and child safety use rates through stepped-up enforcement of the state's seat belt law. Nearly every law enforcement agency in the state participates in "Click It or Ticket," one of the most intensive law enforcement efforts of its kind.
North Carolina's "Click It or Ticket" program is so successful that it serves as a model for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). States throughout the country conduct "Click It or Ticket" campaigns, increasing awareness of seat belt safety daily.
BikeSafe North Carolina is a partnership with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program and the N.C. State Highway Patrol. The program invites motorcyclists to participate in Rider Skills Days that offer assessment on present skills and advice to help make their riding in North Carolina safer and more enjoyable.
As well as professional riding techniques, topics covered include the system of motorcycle control, collision causation factors and security.
The Rider Skills Days are conducted during the week and at weekends by highly qualified police. Trainings are held at the Highway Patrol driving facility in Raleigh and other local law enforcement agencies across the state. The pre-booked days include both classroom based advice and on-road ride-outs.
Whether you ride a high powered performance machine or a smaller commuter bike, if you are serious about staying safe on North Carolina's roads, you should reserve your seat in one of our Rider Skills Days now.
Three out of four child safety seats are improperly installed in vehicles according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. For maximum child passenger safety parents and caregivers should refer to the following National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 4 Steps for Kids guidelines for determining which restraint system is best suited to protect children based on age and size:
- For the best possible protection keep infants in the back seat, in rear-facing child safety seats, as long as possible up to the height or weight limit of the particular seat. At a minimum, keep infants rear-facing until at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds.
- When children outgrow their rear-facing seats (at least age 1 and at least 20 pounds) they should ride in forward-facing child safety seats, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of the particular seat (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds).
- Once children outgrow their forward-facing seats (usually around age 4 and 40 pounds), they should ride in booster seats, in the back seat, until the vehicle seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall).
- When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4’9” tall) they can use the adult seat belts in the back seat, if they fit properly (lap belt lays across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest).
Watch For Me NC
Watch For Me NC is a comprehensive statewide safety and awareness campaign geared toward bicycle and pedestrian safety, education and enforcement.
Combining multimedia with public engagement, Watch For Me NC promotes safety messages at local events, followed by targeted enforcement in areas with heightened risk of crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians. A key component of the program includes the training of law enforcement officers on existing laws and how to enforce them. Learn how some communities have participated as part of the Watch for Me NC program.
Studies continue to show that speed is a major cause of injury and fatality on North Carolina roadways. In 2009 alone, there were 472 fatalities and more than 42,000 speed-related injuries on our roads. GHSP kicked off the pilot project No Need 2 Speed®, in June 2006 in Robeson, Cumberland, Harnett and Johnston counties to encourage drivers to slow down and follow the speed limit.
Results suggest that with the combination of signage and enforcement there was a decrease in motorists speeding on rural roads.
In conjunction with the N.C. State Highway Patrol’s Operation Slow Down GHSP asked local law enforcement agencies to participate and report during this combined effort.
NO NEED TO SPEED® is a trademark Keep Kids Alive Drive 25, P.O. Box 45563 Omaha, Nebraska, 68145 used with permission.
Nuestra Seguridad: The Hispanic Highway Safety Education Campaign.
The Governor’s Highway Safety Program partnered with Latino non-profit El Pueblo in 2004 to create Nuestra Seguridad, an initiative to reduce the disproportionate amount of highway safety fatalities and injuries among Hispanic drivers in North Carolina. The focus of the program is to increase awareness of driving laws and safety issues among Hispanics.
Nuestra Seguridad offers campaign staff for seminars regarding public safety issues to government, non-profit agencies and the community. The staff also distributes English and Spanish language materials at events and holds child safety seat installation clinics.
"Click It or Ticket, Securing Your Future" is an initiative created to encourage safety belt usage among teenage drivers. The program requires drivers and passengers at all participating schools to buckle their seat belts before leaving school property or risk losing high school parking privileges.
According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, 139 15-to-19 year olds were killed in North Carolina in 2009 traffic crashes, with 61 of them not wearing their seat belts. Over 95,000 student drivers from 316 high schools in over 90 counties are participating in "Click It or Ticket, Securing Your Future" in 2013.