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Statewide Holiday Highway Enforcement Program Underway

The 2024 Memorial Day “Click It or Ticket” campaign is underway. The kickoff event for the statewide seatbelt enforcement effort was held May 17 at the Soldier Support Center Building at Fort Liberty in Cumberland County. The initiative is spearheaded by the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, which is part of the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

The Click It or Ticket campaign will run until June 2 and include public outreach to encourage seat belt usage and seat belt checkpoints in all 100 North Carolina counties. Fort Liberty officials agreed to host this year’s event to honor those who died in service to the country and remind everyone, including those in the military, of the importance of always wearing seat belts.

The number of fatal crashes involving people not wearing a seat belt increased five out of the six years between 2017 and 2022, according to the North Carolina 2022 Traffic Crash Facts report . In 2022, 562 people not wearing a seat belt were killed in crashes statewide, compared to 417 unbelted fatalities in 2017. Each of those years, unbelted fatalities constituted more than 40% of all crash fatalities.

Click It or Ticket, which started 31 years ago, is now one of the most well-coordinated efforts of its kind in the nation and nearly every law enforcement agency in North Carolina participates.