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Authorities: Buckle up this holiday weekend

Posted on November 21, 2021

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RALEIGH — The state’s Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket campaign runs through Sunday.

Conducted through the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, the annual campaign aims to encourage motorists to buckle up through enforcement and education, including seat belt checks in all 100 North Carolina counties.

Lack of seat belt use is a primary contributor to fatalities and injuries in vehicle crashes. In North Carolina, 450 people have died and 926 have been seriously injured in unbuckled crashes so far this year, said Governor’s Highway Safety Program Director Mark Ezzell.

“The simple act of buckling your seat belt in the front and back seats can drastically improve your chances of surviving a car crash without injury or death,” Ezzell said. “With many more motorists traveling for the holidays, it’s imperative that we all do our parts to keep ourselves, our passengers and others safe on the roads.”

Wayne McNeil, whose son was unbuckled and killed in a 1999 vehicle crash, joined Ezzell in the campaign kickoff last week.

“A seat belt could have saved my son’s life,” McNeil said. “I don’t want other families to suffer like mine has. Buckle up and don’t drink and drive so you can avoid tragedy.”

Besides buckling up, motorists can drive safely this holiday season by obeying all speed limits and never driving impaired, tired or distracted.

ROAD WORK

Most construction activity along major highways has been suspended through the holiday weekend to keep lanes open for holiday travel. 

The work along interstates, U.S. routes and key N.C. routes is expected to be shut down through Saturday evening. 

Work that doesn’t impede travel lanes will continue for some projects. On a few projects, such as the bridge replacement on Interstate 40 near the Tennessee state line, lane restrictions are required for driver safety.

Before hitting the road, visit DriveNC.gov for the most up-to-date traffic information.

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