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NCDOT’s Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” Campaign kicks off

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While driving to visit with family or friends this Thanksgiving, NCDOT has a message for drivers: “Don’t be a turkey. Wear your seat belt, or face a $161 fine.”

That was the message shared on Monday in Wilmington – where the Governor’s Highway Safety Program kicked off the Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

Officers across the state are stepping up enforcement efforts through Sunday, Dec. 1, to catch motorists who do not buckle up.

“The simple act of fastening your seat belt will not only save you the cost of an expensive ticket, but it could also save your life,” said Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “Wearing a seat belt during a crash reduces chances of suffering critical injuries or death by 50 percent.”

In May, the Governor’s Highway Safety Program celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Click It or Ticket.” The celebration continued with the announcement last month that seat belt usage statewide rose from 87.5 percent to 88.6 percent in the past year.