Click it or Ticket yields 10,288 violations

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By Staff Report

A recent Click It or Ticket campaign resulted in 10,288 statewide citations for seat belt and child safety seat violations.

The campaign, which ran from May 21 through June 3, was conducted in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

In Brunswick County, officers wrote 1,485 citations during the campaign.

Officers conducted 76 checkpoints, which resulted in 84 total driving while impaired (DWI) arrests. Of the 84 DWI arrests, 12 drivers were younger than 21 years old, while 72 drivers were older than 21.

Brunswick officers wrote 137 seat belt tickets and 23 child safety seat violations.

Other charges in Brunswick County included 96 drug violations and 16 felony arrests. Twenty-one fugitives were arrested during the campaign.

Four hundred and sixty drivers in Brunswick County were charged with speeding, while 118 drivers were charged with driving while license revoked. Forty-one drivers were charged with no insurance, while 20 drivers were charged with reckless driving.

“Buckling up is a simple action that could save your life. The stepped-up patrols enable law enforcement officers to remind motorists that wearing your seat belt is not only the smart thing to do, it’s the law,” N.C. Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said.

Statewide, state and local law enforcement officers conducted more than 7,630 checkpoints and stepped-up patrols. More than 2,300 drivers were charged with impaired driving during this “Click It or Ticket” campaign. In addition, officers issued more than 11,000 criminal violations statewide, including 2,305 drug charges, 116 stolen vehicles and 1,695 fugitives were captured.

The Click It or Ticket campaign is administered by the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program. During this past campaign, Governor’s Highway Safety Program officials sponsored several Click It or Ticket events at minor league baseball parks across the state in an effort to raise seatbelt safety awareness.