RALEIGH — It is no secret that Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays with people visiting their families to enjoy food and fellowship. Increased traffic leads to a greater potential for more danger on the roads. The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program is reminding people, don’t be a turkey, stay safe and buckle up — every seat — every time. It’s the law.
“Whether you’re driving to the grocery store a mile away or your grandparents’ house across the country,” Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, added, “please buckle up in every seat this Thanksgiving, and every time you’re on the road.”
Drivers who fail to heed the warning are taking too big a risk — a hefty fine or worse: dying in a crash.
During the Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which began Monday and continues through Sunday, law enforcement officers across the state will be out day and night to keep those who drive the highways safe. November remains one of the top months for unbelted fatalities, particularly among 18-34 year-old males. The fine for not using your seatbelt recently increased to $179 from $161.
To help drivers and their loved ones stay safe this Thanksgiving, local law enforcement recommended the following safety tips to drivers and passengers as they travel this Thanksgiving:
• Buckle Up. Every Seat. Every Time;
• Don’t drink and drive. Make sure you have a sober designated driver;
• Obey the speed limit;
• Keep a safe following distance;
• Turn on your headlights in the rain; and
• Put away all distractions including cell phones – it can wait.
For more information regarding “Click It or Ticket” activities, contact Jonathan Bandy at 919-618-1974 or visit the GHSP website.