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Law enforcement urges drivers to buckle up

Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is cracking down on drivers who aren't wearing seatbelts.

The sheriff's office teamed up with state and local law enforcement agencies to launch a "Click it or Ticket" initiative Wednesday that will run through the end of May.

According to officials, 484 unbuckled motorists died in North Carolina in 2008.

Authorities say regular seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

According to Chief Deputy Ed McMahon, when worn correctly, seat belts have been proven to reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent, and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans.

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