The Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s “Click It or Ticket” campaign is in force throughout North Carolina, from now through Sunday, November 27, 2011. The Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign is designed to crack down on motorists who are not wearing their seat belts.
“It is the law to wear your seat belt, no matter where you are seated in a vehicle,” said N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Gene Conti. “I remind all citizens to buckle up; it could save your life.”
That’s not an overstatement. In 2010, 425 motorists who were not wearing seat belts died in crashes on North Carolina roads. According to the director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP), Becky Wallace: “The single most effective way to protect yourself and your loved ones this holiday season is with the simple action of buckling your seat belt.”
Although the campaign runs for only a week, the overall goal is to increase seatbelt usage every day of the year. When “Click It or Ticket” began in 1993, only about 65% of North Carolinians wore seat belts. Today, our seat belt usage rate is 89.5%. Not perfect, but a dramatic improvement.
From all of us here at HensonFuerst, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!