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Click It or Ticket campaign about more than just seat belts

North Carolina's statewide Click It or Ticket campaign pinned plenty of motorists in its crosshairs. Contrary to what you might think, a Click It or Ticket campaign isn't just about whether or not a driver is wearing his or her seat belt - although there were 12,223 violations for seat belt or child restraint infractions across the state.

According to Lindell Kay of ENC Today, there were also a total of 2,042 drivers charged with DWI.

When police officers cite someone for not wearing a seat belt, this is a prime opportunity for that officer to ascertain whether or not there are any other offenses being committed, such as drunk driving.

And the thousands of North Carolina checkpoints didn't hurt police officers' efforts, either. As Kay reports, there were more than 6,752 checkpoints across the state.

It may be that "high visibility enforcement" is what gets drivers to use their seat belts.

But considering that 7,205 violations were tallied by authorities, including the capture of 849 fugitives, it's clear that Click It or Ticket campaigns do much more than make drivers wear their seat belts.

Source: ENC Today, "150 DWI arrests during statewide campaign," by Lindell Kay, 6/19/11

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