The Governor's Highway Safety Program 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," Bike Safe North Carolina, Child Passenger Safety, Watch for Me North Carolina and Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine
The "Booze It & Lose It" campaign zeros in on drunken drivers with innovative education and extensive enforcement of DWI laws. 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, cellphones, computers, officer workstations, a magistrate's work area, a 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 occur 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 people who don't use safety belts. What gets them to buckle up is high visibility enforcement. That means checkpoints and traffic tickets for drivers not using seat 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. 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.
In addition to professional riding techniques, topics 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 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 NHTSA'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 lies across the upper thighs and the shoulder belt fits across the chest (usually at age 8 or when they are 4 feet, 9 inches tall).
- When children outgrow their booster seats, (usually at age 8 or when they are 4 feet, 9 inches tall), they can use the adult seat belts in the back seat, if they fit properly (lap belt lies 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.)
Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine
Studies continue to show that speed is a major cause of injury and fatality on North Carolina roadways. In 2015 alone, there were 322 speed-related fatalities and 10,658 speed-related injuries. Speeding was a contributing factor in 23 percent of all fatal crashes in North Carolina.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration considers a crash to be related to speeding if the driver was charged with a speeding-related offense, or if the responding officer indicates the driver was either driving too fast for the road conditions at the time or was exceeding the posted speed limit.
A crash on a road with a speed limit of 65 mph or greater is more than twice as likely to result in a fatality than a crash on a road with a speed limit of 45 or 50 mph and nearly five times as likely as a crash on a road with a speed limit below 40 mph.
Speeding can have dangerous consequences, including:
- Reducing a driver's ability to negotiate curves or maneuver around obstacles in the roadway
- Extending the distance traveled before a vehicle can stop
- Increasing the distance a vehicle travels while the driver reacts to a hazard
- Increasing the risk of crashes and injuries because other vehicles and pedestrians might not be able to judge distance correctly
In 2015, 88 percent of all speeding-related traffic fatalities in North Carolina occurred on non-interstate roadways – where the posted speed limits were 55 mph or less. Only 8 percent of the state's speeding-related fatalities occurred on interstate highways that year.
In 2015, speeding was involved in 27 percent of the fatal crashes that occurred in construction or maintenance zones.
Many Americans believe they won't be ticketed if they drive within a "buffer zone" above the posted speed limit. But now, law enforcement will be targeting and ticketing speeding drivers. When it comes to speeding: Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine – the posted speed limit IS THE LAW.