If you’re concerned about maintaining a clean driving record, you should probably avoid North Carolina over any holiday weekend. Why? Because the law enforcement officers there are aggressive about encouraging safe driving.
Recently that encouragement took the form of a two week campaign, bracketing Memorial Day weekend, to push the “Click it or Ticket” initiative that reminds people that not wearing a seatbelt is an enforceable offense.
According to the North Carolina transportation secretary, Gene Conti, more than 12,000 drivers were cited for violations involving seat belts and child passenger safety during the campaign. As well, said Conti in a statement to the press, more than 2,000 drivers were charged with driving under the influence (driving while impaired), and 7,200 criminal violations for captured fugitives, drugs and stolen vehicles were also booked over the same period.
The “Click it or Ticket” campaign is administered by the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program, and the campaign which ended on June 5th involved increased patrols and more than 6,700 checkpoints throughout the state.