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'Click It' Campaign Catches Nearly 9,000 Violating Seat Belt Safety Laws

Posted June 13, 2005

— More than 8,800 drivers and passengers were cited for safety belt and child passenger safety violations between May 30 and June 5 as part of the state's "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

"Given these numbers, I think it's accurate to say that law enforcement is delivering a strong safety message to motorists during this campaign," said Darrell Jernigan, director of the Governor's Highway Safety Program. "It is our hope that all drivers and passengers will continue to buckle up and officers will continue to be on watch for violators."

Law enforcement officers across the state held 3,738 checkpoints and saturation patrols in a one-week period.

Mecklenburg County had the highest number of safety belt citations for the week with a total of 917 violations. Wake County was second highest with 668 violations.

Officers across the state charged 1,141 motorists with DWIs, issued 10,706 speeding tickets and discovered 709 drug charges, 51 stolen vehicles and 12 fugitives from justice.

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