North Carolinians Encouraged to Buckle Up in Every Seat, Every Time Thursday, May 18, 2017

RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed May as Seat Belt Safety Awareness Month to remind motorists and their passengers about the importance of buckling up in every seat, every time. 

In 2016, 42 percent of automobile fatalities in North Carolina were drivers or passengers who were not wearing their seat belt. 

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s 2016 Annual Statewide Seat Belt Survey reported that 91.7 percent of front seat drivers and passengers wear their seat belt.  Unfortunately, unrestrained serious injuries increased in North Carolina from 437 in 2015 to 601 in 2016. Unrestrained fatalities also increased from 417 to 452 in that same period.

“No matter the type of vehicle or where you sit, wearing a seat belt is the single most effective way protect yourself in a crash,” said Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “We must continue to spread this life-saving message before one more friend or family member is killed because of not buckling up.”

North Carolina law requires occupants in the front and rear seats of a passenger vehicle to be properly restrained by using a seat belt. Many passengers mistakenly believe that they are safer in the rear seat and do not need to wear a seat belt.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates 57 percent of those killed in back seats in 2015 were unrestrained.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Program is partnering with state and local law enforcement to conduct their annual Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign around the Memorial Day holiday. 

To help share the Click It or Ticket message, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program will run a creative marketing campaign throughout the month to remind travelers to Click It or Ticket. Every Seat. Every Time. It’s the Law.

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