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State issues 14,600 tickets in seat belt campaign

Posted June 11, 2014

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— A total of 14,600 tickets were issued last month during the statewide Click It or Ticket campaign to raise awareness about seat belt use and child passenger safety.

To ensure the enforcement message reached motorists statewide, state and local law enforcement officers increased patrols and manned more than 11,400 checkpoints during the campaign, which was held May 19 to June 1.

“Enforcement is key in changing driver and passenger behavior,” said Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safely Program. “Our law enforcement partners issue seat belt citations to save lives. Wearing a seat belt decreases your chances of suffering critical injuries or even death in a crash by 50 percent.”

The amplified enforcement effort resulted in 3,662 more citations this May than during the same period last year. Drivers in Wake County received the highest number of citations with 1,177 tickets. Visit the North Carolina Department of Transportation website for a list of citations per county.

In addition to cracking down on unrestrained drivers and passengers, officers across the state charged 1,987 motorists with driving while impaired. They also issued 23,929 speeding citations and 13,566 criminal violations, including 2,697 drug charges.

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  • landonsgrampa Jun 12, 2014

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    First and foremost, there is absolutely no way that you can look at the US 50 years ago and what we have now, then deny that big brother isn't breathing down our necks. Big brother is always wanting more and more.

    Secondly, I have serious doubts about you and the whole retired LEO thing. Not saying that you are lying, just that 99% of cops, don't go around bragging that they are or were cops. Those who do, generally were not the good cops.

  • rachel Jun 12, 2014

    well- that should make their quota for the month and provide all that extra tax money the government counts on-while I do admire and respect police officers and I agree with DWI and speeding tickets-I don't get upset if some fool chooses not to use their seatbelt(child safety seats-yes-must use them) but you don't want to wear your seatbelt? Okay-bon voyage!

  • Tammy Rush Jun 12, 2014
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    The 1,987 + 23,929 + 13,566 + 2,697 is in addition to the 14,600 tickets. Says so right in the article.

  • Marley Higgins Jun 12, 2014
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    "A total of 14,600 tickets were issued last month during the statewide Click It or Ticket campaign to raise awareness about seat belt use and child passenger safety."

    raise awareness?! bwa-hahahahahahahahahaha! these exercises raised nothing but revenue for the state. cops are just government bagmen anymore.

    oh, i suppose awareness was also raised that big brother has his thumb on the back of your neck...

  • Brian Jenkins Jun 12, 2014

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    They cannot search your property without consent or probable cause. Tell them you do not consent to any searches without a warrant from a judge, period. It'll crush their ego and they will say all sorts of nonsense to try to get you to consent, but they cannot search without your consent or a warrant. How these cops get up everyday and try to talk people out of their Constitutional protections is beyond me. They will even LIE and use fear tactics to try and get your consent. It must be a sad life. I couldnt look at myself in the mirror.

  • Brian Jenkins Jun 12, 2014

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    Cops do that all the time. No lights while speeding and switching lanes with no signals. I see it daily. You would get a ticket for it. I record them on my phone when Im not driving.

  • Brian Jenkins Jun 12, 2014

    HANKSCORPIO....how about I tell the insurance company I do not wear seat belts and Ill pay a higher rate if they choose. Like I would pay a higher rate if I drove more miles a year. Why do you need to get the government involved? Can you think for yourself?

  • Brian Jenkins Jun 12, 2014

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    Imagine that. Thinking for yourself. Its sad people need the government to tell them how to get through life everyday.

  • Brian Jenkins Jun 12, 2014

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    You are correct. So if they do stop you for a seat belt do not say anything, nothing, except I invoke my right to remain silent and I do not consent to any searches. Watch them go nuts about you hiding something or you're a terrorist or whatever fear tactic they use to talk you out of your Constitutional protections. Then be prepared for the dogs and watch them waste you tax money because their ego was crushed.

  • Brian Jenkins Jun 12, 2014

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    Spot wrong. Its my life in my property. Mind your business and stop trying to tell everyone what to do with their lives.

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