RALEIGH – The North
Carolina Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program
announced today that nearly 11,000 drivers and passengers were cited for seat
belt and child passenger safety violations during the 20th Anniversary campaign
of “Click It or Ticket” over the Memorial Day holiday, which was held May
20-June 2. “The safety of everyone who travels our roadways is always
a top priority,” said NCDOT Secretary Tony Tata. “Our first-in-the-nation ‘Click
It or Ticket’ campaign reminds us that while we’ve made significant progress we
still have work to do to encourage every driver and passenger to buckle up.”
Participating state and local law enforcement officers
issued the citations during 8,482 checkpoints and stepped-up patrols. Nighttime
enforcement was stepped up across the state and in Guilford County during one
nighttime operation, they issued 109 occupant restraint violations over a four-hour
In addition to law enforcement efforts, GHSP and the N.C.
Department of Transportation launched a social media
campaign to increase awareness and remind passengers to buckle up. “#SafetySelfie”
pictures were posted on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram, including one posted by Gov. Pat McCrory.
“Click It or Ticket” is administered by the N.C.
Governor’s Highway Safety Program. For more information regarding “Click It or
Ticket” activities, contact Heather Jeffreys at (919) 707-2665, or visit the GHSP website.
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