June 13, 2013
Data from the North Carolina Department of Transportation shows that in 2011, a total of 1,208 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions. Another 106,963 suffered North Carolina Car Accident Injuries. Almost 35 percent of those crashes were caused by speed, and a large portion of fatal accidents involved motorists who were not properly restrained.
In an effort to reduce these types of accidents, the North Carolina Department of Transportation partnered with law enforcement across the state to conduct operations over Memorial Day weekend as part of the “Click It Or Ticket” campaign. The operations consisted of saturation patrols and 8,482 checkpoints throughout the state that focused on stopping dangerous behaviors behind the wheel, such as drinking and driving, speeding, and not wearing a seat belt.
An article from WRAL News reports the campaign is being hailed as a success that resulted in more than 11,000 citations being issued to motorists.
The department is also utilizing social media to educate the public about the importance of buckling up and obeying other traffic laws. Gov. Pat McCrory posted a picture of himself buckling up on social media sites as part of the campaign, calling it a “safety selfie”.
The North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers with HensonFuerst applaud the efforts being made to make North Carolina’s highways safer. They realize, however, that accidents can still happen, and extend an offer of help if you have been hurt in a crash that was no fault of your own.