SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - Police and first responders want to remind you to always buckle up this Memorial Day weekend, or it could cost you much more than a ticket.
Governor Roy Cooper declared May as Seat Belt Safety Awareness Month to raise more awareness about the issue.
According to the declaration, 432 people died on the roads in North Carolina last year despite more than 90% of people wearing their seat belt.
Jennifer Dandron, spokesperson for the Wilmington Police Department, said this time of year can be very deadly.
"May is kind of the kick off to Summer," said Dandron. "Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kickoff to Summer. There are more people out on the roads riding with their windows down. You might be a little more care free, so it is really important even when you are really enjoying yourself to do it safely."
Dandron added people should always make sure to wear their belt properly.
The Wilmington Police Department will be keeping an extra close eye on drivers over Memorial Day Weekend enforcing the Click it or Ticket campaign.
"It is the law that you have to wear your seat belt," said Dandron. "I know that some people think of that as a nuisance, but it really is for your safety. If we do pull you over and you don't have your seat belt on, then you will get a ticket and you will face fines."