Click It or Ticket The Governor is challenging New Hanover County to buckle up. The county has one of the lowest seat belt use rates in the state. The Governor's Highway Safety Program Director spoke to officers from around the state today, explaining how important 'Click It or Ticket' is in saving lives. The state says people in a crash who buckle up reduce the risk of death by almost half. Our county has the eighth lowest seat belt use in the state at 85 percent. To rise up to the Governor's challenge, law enforcement officers will be keeping a close eye on drivers to see who's buckled up. Highway Safety Program Director, Darrell Jernigan, says, “officers are going to be out looking for folks not wearing their safety belts but click it or ticket is not all about just writing tickets it's about saving lives." To kick off 'The Buckle Up Challenge' officers set up a checkpoint, called 'Operation Beach Bum Buckle' at Wrightsville Beach. 5 officers dressed up as beach bums and kept an eye out for seat belt violations. North Carolina law says that all drivers and passengers have to wear a seat belt. Children under the age of 16 also have to buckle up or be in a car safety seat.
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