Raleigh - State and local law enforcement officers issued 1,961 seat belt and 340 child passenger violations during the Governor's Highway Safety Program's Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign on Nov. 2026.
"No one ever plans to be in a traffic crash, so the Click It or Ticket campaign is about saving lives and changing the way people think," said Don Nail, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Program. "The seat-belt enforcement efforts are about reminding people that failing to buckle-up is not worth risking a ticket, a traffic crash, or your life."
Over the holiday enforcement period, state and local law enforcement agencies held 2,786 checkpoints and stepped-up patrols, issuing 3,209 traffic and criminal violations. The top five counties for occupant restraint violations were:
Wake County: 210
Guilford County: 100
Robeson County: 100
Forsyth County: 99
Lenoir County: 96
Cabarrus County: 90
In its 23rd year, the Click It or Ticket education and enforcement campaign reminds motorists that wearing a seat belt is the single most effective action that a person can take to save their life. The campaign aims to increase driver seat belt usage rates and reduce fatalities across North Carolina and has yielded significant results over the years. Between 2010 and 2014, an average of 545 lives were saved per year due to the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles.
The overall seat belt usage rate for North Carolina increased from 89.9 percent in 2015 to 91.7 percent in 2016. The Governor's Highway Safety Program believes that increased enforcement efforts from law enforcement and the expansion of public awareness campaigns will result in maintaining a high usage rate.
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.