May ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign yields 14,600 violations
The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program announced that 14,600 drivers and passengers were cited for seat belt and child passenger safety violations during the May “Click It or Ticket” campaign, held May 19 through June 1.
“Enforcement is key in changing driver and passenger behavior,” GHSP director Don Nail said. “Our law enforcement partners issue seat belt citations to save lives. Wearing a seat belt decreases your chances of suffering critical injuries or even death in a crash by 50 percent.”
To ensure the enforcement message reached motorists statewide, state and local law enforcement officers increased patrols and manned more than 11,400 checkpoints during the campaign. This amplified enforcement effort resulted in 3,662 more citations this May than during the same period last year.
The counties which issued highest number of seat belt citations include: Wake County, with 1,177 seat belt tickets; Robeson County, with 861; Mecklenburg County, with 723; Guilford County, with 712; and Brunswick County, with 648. Watauga County had 37; Ashe County had 26; and Avery County had 33.
Each June, following the May enforcement period, North Carolina’s annual seat belt usage survey is conducted in 15 counties. Last year, the seat belt usage rate improved to 88.6 percent, an increase of 1.1 percent. Results from this year’s survey will be released later this summer.