Again this year, North Carolina Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to Click It or Ticket in an effort to cut down on fatal vehicle accidents. As part of the national seat belt enforcement campaign, law enforcement agencies around the country will be stepping up enforcement May 18 to 31, just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

Every day, unbuckled motorists are losing their lives in motor vehicle crashes. As we approach Memorial Day weekend and the summer vacation season, we want to make sure people are doing the one thing that can save them in a crash, buckling up.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011, there were more than 42,000 crashes that involved teen drivers, resulting in more than 12,000 injuries and 111 deaths. At night from 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m., that number soared to 59 percent of those killed. That’s why one focus of the Click It or Ticket campaign is nighttime enforcement. Participating law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night. In North Carolina the maximum penalty for a seat belt violation is $161 ($25.50 fine plus $135.50 in court costs). No driver license or insurance points are assessed.

• Backseat passengers 16 and older not buckled will receive a $10 fine.

• North Carolina prohibits ALL drivers from texting or reading a text message while a vehicle is in motion.

Almost twice as many males were killed in crashes as compared to females, with lower belt use rates, too. Of the males killed in crashes in 2013, more than half (54%) were unrestrained. For females killed in crashes, 41 percent were not buckled up.

If you ask the family members of those unrestrained people who were killed in crashes, they’ll tell you—they wish their loved ones had buckled up. The bottom line is that seat belts save lives. If these enforcement crackdowns get people’s attention, and get them to buckle up, then we’ve done our job.

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