Nearly 500 unbuckled motorists died in North Carolina last year, a number New Hanover Sheriff's Department is trying to lower with their Click-it-or-Ticket campaign. Wearing your seatbelt has been proven to save lives; it's just a matter of getting motorists to strap themselves in. One by one, seatbelt violators were spotted… and ticketed by the NHC Sheriff’s Department. “It was pretty bad to jump in the car without my seatbelt buckled, and I got caught,” said seatbelt violator Roger Baker. "I would like to think I’m saving lives, one traffic stop at a time,” said Deputy Sutton. It may seem like a minor traffic violation to some, but putting on your belt when behind the wheel can be a matter of life and death. The first thing you should do when you get in your car is put your seatbelt on; otherwise, you could be facing a fine of up to 100 dollars. From March 30 to April 5th of this year, deputies in New Hanover issued nearly 40 seatbelt violations. NHC sheriff deputies are saying “Click-it-or-Ticket" to drivers, and passengers too. Deputies will be on the lookout through the end of the month. New Hanover County Sheriff's Department is joining other law enforcement across the state to enforce seatbelt use.
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