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NASCAR, DOT urge NC drivers to 'Click It or Ticket'

Posted May 21, 2012

— NASCAR drivers and local sheriff's deputies team up in new ads to encourage North Carolina drivers to buckle up.

The public-service announcements started airing as the North Carolina Governor's Highway Safety Program launched its annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign Monday, during which state troopers and local law enforcement crack down on drivers not wearing their seat belts.

One ad shows NASCAR drivers speeding around Charlotte Motor Speedway, bumper-to-bumper at 190 mph. A sheriff's deputy stops a race car driver and asks, "Are you buckled?" The driver answers emphatically, "Always."

The ad is designed to elicit a light-hearted chuckle, but it has a deadly serious message that another PSA drives home more explicitly.

A camera pulls back from a calm ocean to show a beach filled with empty chairs. Gov. Bev Perdue's voice says, "Nearly 500 beach chairs will remain empty this summer to represent the 484 North Carolinians who were killed last year because they were unbuckled."

Lisa Mozingo, a Wayne County high school student paralyzed in a 2009 wreck when she wasn't wearing a seat belt, will also speak at the"Click It or Ticket" kickoff at the Charlotte speedway Monday. Click It or Ticket NASCAR ads NASCAR drivers to NC drivers: Buckle up

This year's crackdown runs through June 3, and nearly all law enforcement agencies in the state are participating, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. A ticket for not using a seat belt carries more than $125 in fines and court costs.

Since the "Click It or Ticket" campaign began in 1993, more than 89 percent of North Carolina drivers have started buckling up, according to the DOT.

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  • Uhavenoclu May 21, 5:50 p.m.

    This never used to be a law..NO ONE CONTROLS MY LIFE OR ANYONE ELSE S,THERE IS ONLY ONE LAW AND THAT IS NOT FROM THE PHYSICAL AUTHORITIES.

  • Scubagirl May 21, 5:42 p.m.

    ""Say you're thrown from the car because you don't have belt on-your 'flying' body hits MY car, or my car hits your flying body......"

    Motorcycles would be outlawed if it were up to many of you."

    NOT what I was talking about at all! to me that's a completely different scenario.

    If folks want to kill themselves while driving then as far as I'm concerned they can have at it. What I object to is someone's feeling of entitlement causing ME or MY loved ones damage! That's all. Don't want to wear a seatbelt-hope your guardian angel is helping you out should you ever be in a bad wreck.

  • paulej May 21, 5:34 p.m.

    "If wearing a seatbelt is “too much government” for you, I’m surprised you drive a car at all, since the government tells a driver he must:..." --hereandnow99

    No, objection to that list. Those are all necessary to ensure protection of OTHER people. I'm favorable to being forced to ensure I do not hurt my neighbor. But, if I want to hang myself, the government should keep its hands out of it.

  • paulej May 21, 5:32 p.m.

    "Seatbelts save lives and YOUR TAX DOLLARS. ... thousands of OUR tax dollars that go to support those not fortunate enough to have insurance coverage" --bigal02282

    Valid point where this affects others.

    There is a solution to that which is reasonable: provide medical care for all Americans. In Australia, a person is sick and they go to the doctor. It's all paid with taxes. And no matter what, we're either going to be paying for everybody through our own insurance premiums or taxes. Might as well get rid of insurance companies and have the government dictate fees it will pay for services. (This does not preclude one from still having a private doctor or insurance.)

    Alternatively, require all drivers to have medical coverage on car insurance. Problem with this is that it shifts the problem. Universal medical care would be better, as there is no avoiding it ... one way or the other, we pay for everyone's medical.

  • mmtlash May 21, 5:12 p.m.

    buckling up is pretty much an instinct when I get into the car so I can't even imagine forgetting to buckle up before driving off... although I know someone who never buckles up until their car chimes every few seconds at them for like 5 minutes. I have nightmares about those chimes lol.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 21, 5:09 p.m.

    Sorry, 68_dodge_polara, if I incorrectly lumped your freedom-loving mindset in with the “we want less government, but we’re going to use government to tell you how to live your life” crowd.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU May 21, 5:06 p.m.

    If wearing a seatbelt is “too much government” for you, I’m surprised you drive a car at all, since the government tells a driver he must:

    -go through driver’s training, take a written and road test with a government agent and meet a minimum threshold; take regular re-tests for the rest of your life

    -maintain proper insurance on vehicle for at least $10,000

    -maintain a car in proper working order and pass an annual gov’t mandated inspection

    -keep license plate visible and up to date with gov’t mandated registration sticker; put sticker exact spot on license plate

    -drive in a safe manner (obey max safe speed limits, don’t pass when road lines are solid, yield, obey automated gov’t stoplights, etc.)

  • May 21, 5:06 p.m.

    I've seen plenty of dead people that thought they were smarter than the government. Hell of a way to prove your point.

  • bigal02282 May 21, 4:36 p.m.

    Seatbelts save lives and YOUR TAX DOLLARS. You want the gubment to get OUT of something, how about our bedrooms, women's privates and our morals. If a seatbelt keeps one person without insurance out of the hospital, it just saves YOU and ME hundreds or thousands or hundreds of thousands of OUR tax dollars that go to support those not fortunate enough to have insurance coverage above the low limits required of auto insurance. Quit thinking so narrowly or not at all. Oh sorry, my bad. You can't stop thinking that way.

  • 68_dodge_polara May 21, 4:19 p.m.

    "Say you're thrown from the car because you don't have belt on-your 'flying' body hits MY car, or my car hits your flying body......"

    Motorcycles would be outlawed if it were up to many of you.

    It is about freedom. Freedom is not telling others what they have to do. I ALWAYS use my seat belt. We need educate drivers about the dangers of not using them but do we really need the nanny state? The most enjoyable time I've ever had on the road was on two wheels but as I now have a family those days are gone and I miss them dearly.

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