Buckle Up Over the Holidays
While driving to visit with family or friends this Thanksgiving, make sure everyone is wearing their seat belt, or you could face a $161 fine. The Governor’s Highway Safety Program has kicked off the Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign. Officers across the state are stepping up enforcement efforts through Sunday, Dec. 1, to catch motorists who do not buckle up. In May, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Click It or Ticket.” The celebration continued with the announcement last month that seat belt usage statewide rose from 87.5 percent to 88.6 percent in the past year. The increase is a significant step in the right direction, but the Governor’s Highway Safety Program will not stop working until every driver in North Carolina clicks their seat belt, according to authorities who say that those wearing a seat belt during a crash reduce their chances of suffering critical injuries or death by 50 percent.