More than 15,000 cited for not wearing seatbelt

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - More than 15,000 drivers and passengers were cited for not wearing their seatbelt during the recent Click it or Ticket campaign.

"I thank law enforcement officers across the state who participated in this life saving campaign," said Gov. Bev Perdue in a statement. "I urge North Carolinians who still choose to remain unbuckled to think twice and remember that a seat belt or proper child safety seat could save your life or the life of a loved one."

A total of 13,654 seat belt citations and 1,478 child passenger safety citations were given out during the last two weeks in May.

State and local law enforcement officers issued the citations during more than 8,500 checkpoints and stepped-up patrols.

A NHTSA study published last year showed that when worn correctly, seat belts have proven to reduce the risk of a front seat passenger being killed in a crash by 45%.

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