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Law Enforcement Agencies Set Up Seat Belt Roadblock In Fayetteville

Posted May 15, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Cumberland County drivers who do not buckle up should be prepared to pay up.

Several law enforcement agencies joined forces Tuesday afternoon at a seat belt checkpoint on Legion Road in Fayetteville. The roadblock is part of the spring 2000 Click It or Ticket Campaign.

Cumberland County has one of the highest seat belt usage rates in the state at nearly 87 percent. With car accidents being the No. 1 cause of death in North Carolina, seat belts are the law and a way to save lives.

"The military, regardless of what base it is or branch of service, requires seat belts at all time on bases. As big as Fort Bragg is and Cumberland County, we've had a good carryover into the community," says Joe Parker, director of theGovernor's Highway Safety Program. "Since we started Click It or Ticket, we have reduced the fatal and disabling injury rate in North Carolina by 14 percent."

Officers also caught up with suspected drunk drivers, people driving without licenses and cars with expired tags.