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Nearly 11K ticketed during safety campaign

Posted June 11, 2013
Updated June 12, 2013

— Nearly 11,000 motorists were ticketed in North Carolina for safety violations over Memorial Day weekend, state transportation officials said Tuesday.

The tickets were part of the “Click It or Ticket” safety campaign to promote seat belt use.

“The safety of everyone who travels our roadways is always a top priority,” North Carolina Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said. “Our first in the nation ‘Click It or Ticket’ campaign reminds us that while we’ve made significant progress we still have work to do encourage every driver and passenger to buckle up.”

NCDOT officials said citations were issued during 8,482 checkpoints and stepped-up patrols across the state.

Governor’s Highway Safety Program and NCDOT have also launched a social media campaign to increase awareness. “Safety selfie” pictures were posted on social media sites, including one posted by Gov. Pat McCrory.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 17, 2013

    renaissancemon said, “[road blocks] forcibly [require] you to prove yourself innocent of a crime they had no evidence you were breaking.”

    If you break a law, should you not be held accountable? Should you have no responsibility for your actions?

    Actually, I like thinking about this sort of stuff. :-) Try this...

    Technology is making it easier and easier to track and find criminals. Current technology would allow a small black box with a GPS device to be installed in every car, determine the speed limit of the current road you are traveling on and compare that to your actual speed. Any violation could generate a ticket. (or, just governor your throttle)

    This would be extremely efficient (90+ % ?) and cheap (especially compared to accidents, injuries, deaths, etc.)...and, driving is a privilege not a right...right?

    So, would you have a problem with the efficient enforcement of laws like this? Cool stuff to think about, right?

  • SailbadTheSinner Jun 13, 2013

    Diana123 is the only one to get this right so far….

    “it's the insurance companies that lobbied this into law not the government. just like the speed limits.”

    And, I might add, motorcycle helmet laws, and about any other laws that are intended to “protect us from ourselves.”

    But, don’t delude yourself: They don’t really care what we do to ourselves – they just don’t want to PAY for it….


  • rmadry Jun 13, 2013

    Jim Long, our previous Insurance Commissioner instituted the Click it or Ticket campaign. Just one of his many great ideas.

  • WageSlave Jun 13, 2013

    "Wow you would have loved Germany in the late 30's and early 40"s!" nascar33

    So you equate seat belt laws to the murder of millions of innocent people? You can't take people seriously when their every comparison is Nazi Germany.

    More than likely referring to the illegal search and siezures that occur via roadblocks. Show me your papers if you wish to pass.

  • IdoNOTliveinDurham Jun 13, 2013

    "Do we need a law to make us conform?"

    Based on the fact that 11,000 folks that were cited I would say yes.
    Click to view my profile GravyPig "

    You actually believe all 11K tickets were issued for seatbelt violations even though it did not say that? Really?

  • gobbledygook Jun 13, 2013

    Safety campaign should be everyday... not just special holidays

  • jeff34 Jun 13, 2013

    Checkpoints should be illegal! It's not like the Highway Patrol or a police officer stopped you for doing something wrong. They just stop everybody that is on a certain stretch of road and see if they can find something wrong, so they can give you a ticket and increase revenue. That sounds a lot like entrapment.

  • renaissancemon Jun 13, 2013

    "It's all about the money"

    It is also about the subjugation. The kidnapping you with a smile and a gun on their hip and forcibly requiring you to prove yourself innocent of a crime they had no evidence you were breaking. The conditioning of second-class citizens. The teaching of the new paradigm that we are to answer to the government's will instead of the other way around.

  • BH38 Jun 12, 2013

    its all about the money $$

  • harleysfather60 Jun 12, 2013

    Not only is this an oblious money maker but also an excuse for road block to search, DUI and pretty much any thing else they want to do.