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Drivers, passengers in 15 NC counties to be surveyed on seat belt usage

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Seat belt recording to take place in 15 select NC counties. (Source: NCDOT) Seat belt recording to take place in 15 select NC counties. (Source: NCDOT)
BUNCOMBE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Drivers and passengers in North Carolina will be surveyed on seat belt usage during the month of June, per the NC Department of Transportation.

“Surveyors contracted through the Institute for Transportation Research and Education will be in select North Carolina counties throughout the month of June observing and recording seat belt usage by drivers and passengers,” NCDOT said.

Fifteen counties were determined by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program to participate in the survey. Those counties include:

Alamance, Buncombe, Catawba, Cleveland, Columbus, Durham, Forsyth, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Nash, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, Wake, and Wilkes.

Counties were selected based on fatality and road segment data, NCDOT said.

“In 2016, North Carolina’s seat belt usage rate was 91.7 percent, just slightly above the national standard of 90 percent. State law requires that motor vehicle passengers in both the front and back seats use their seat belt.

The annual seat belt survey overlaps with the Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign, which began on May 22 and ends on June 6.

The Click It or Ticket campaign, now in its 24th year, has reduced fatalities across North Carolina by increasing driver seat belt awareness and usage rates. Nearly every law enforcement agency in the state participates in the initiative, and it is one of the most well-coordinated and cooperative law enforcement efforts of its kind in the nation.”

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