RALEIGH The Governor's Highway Safety Program and the N.C. Department of Transportation announced today that the 2015 Thanksgiving "Click It or Ticket" campaign held Nov. 23 -29 resulted in 3,395 seat belt and child passenger safety citations being issued to drivers and passengers.
"Buckling up takes three seconds and is a simple action that could save your life," said Don Nail, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Program. "Our vision for N.C. is zero fatalities and the stepped up patrols enable law enforcement officers to help remind motorists that wearing your seat belt is not only the smart thing to do to save your life, it's the law."
Over the holiday enforcement period, state and local law enforcement agencies held 3,857 checkpoints and stepped-up patrols, issuing 41,015 traffic and criminal violations. The top five counties for occupant restraint violations were:
Forsyth County - 309
Robeson County - 199
Mecklenburg County - 123
Sampson County - 117
Wake County - 117
The overall seat belt usage rate for North Carolina decreased from 90.6 percent in 2014 to 89.9 percent in 2015. The Governor's Highway Safety Program believes that increased enforcement efforts from law enforcement and the expansion of public awareness campaigns will result in higher seat belt usage rates in the coming months, bringing the usage rate back above 90 percent in 2016.
For county by county totals and more information regarding the "Click It or Ticket" program, contact Jonathan Bandy at 919-618-1974, or visit the GHSP website.