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11/24/2014: Don’t Be a Turkey. Buckle Up!

Don’t Be a Turkey. Buckle Up!

Posted 11/24/2014 3:45:15 PM

RALEIGH – Every year, thousands of people travel on North Carolina’s roadways to spend time with loved ones over the Thanksgiving holiday. For most of them, it’s a trip full of family, food and fellowship. But, for those travelers that don’t buckle up, the trip may not have such a happy ending. “If you are involved in a crash, wearing a seat belt reduces your risk of critical injury or death by 50 percent,” said Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the busy holiday travel season, and it is the perfect time to remind North Carolinians to buckle up no matter where in the car they sit.” During the Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” campaign, which begins today and continues through Sunday, Nov. 30, law enforcement officers across the state will be out day and night to keep those who drive our highways safe.  While North Carolina reached a milestone in June by achieving a seat belt usage rate over 90 percent for the first time, November remains one of the top months for unbelted fatalities, particularly among 18-34 year-old males. The N.C. Department of Transportation  and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program offer these safety tips for 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 Heather Jeffreys at (919) 707-2660 or visit the GHSP website. ***NCDOT***
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11/12/2014: Nearly 600 Drunk Drivers Arrested in North Carolina During Halloween “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign

Nearly 600 Drunk Drivers Arrested in North Carolina During Halloween “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign

Posted 11/12/2014 3:39:27 PM

RALEIGH – During this year’s Halloween “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, law enforcement officers from across the state arrested 583 drunk drivers before they could create real life nightmares on North Carolina’s roadways.  “The safety and security of our citizens is a top priority of our administration and North Carolina’s law enforcement,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “North Carolina’s ‘Booze It & Lose It’ Campaign is saving lives in our state and I’m proud of their efforts on Halloween, and every day of the year.” The top five counties for DWI arrests during the Halloween “Booze It & Lose It” campaign include: •    Wake County with 69 DWI arrests; •    Mecklenburg County with 61 DWI arrests; •    Forsyth County with 33 DWI arrests; •    Guilford County with 27 DWI arrests; and •    Brunswick County with 21 DWI arrests. Nearly 400 law enforcement agencies participated in the Halloween “Booze It & Lose It” campaign, which ran from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. Officers issued 16,854 traffic and criminal citations at 1,701 checking stations and saturation patrols across the state. To complement the increased enforcement efforts, the N.C. Department of Transportation and Governor’s Highway Safety Program expanded their use of Twitter and Facebook to remind drivers to designate a sober driver. In particular, they used social media to target males 18-34 years old, which research shows are more likely to drink and drive. For more information regarding “Booze It & Lose It” activities and county totals, contact Heather Jeffreys at (919) 707-2665 or visit the GHSP website. ***NCDOT***
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10/31/2014: Halloween “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign Kicks Off

Halloween “Booze It & Lose It” Campaign Kicks Off

Posted 10/31/2014 8:23:28 AM

RALEIGH – Halloween festivities usually involve spooky tricks and sweet treats, but the scariest situations of all can often be found on North Carolina’s highways. Drunk drivers make a terrifying decision when they get behind the wheel and risk creating real-life nightmares for themselves and others. The N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program remind drivers this Halloween that if you drink and drive, you could pay deadly consequences. “Nothing is scarier on Halloween than a drunk driver,” said GHSP Director Don Nail. “Those who decide to drive after drinking should know that they can’t hide behind a mask. Law enforcement officers are stepping up their patrols across the state and will catch anyone who doesn’t drive sober.” NCDOT and GHSP recommend following these simple tips for a safe Halloween:  • Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night. • Always designate a sober driver; even one drink is too many to get behind the wheel. • If you are drunk, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation. • Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home. • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement. • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going. So far this year, there have been approximately 230 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 242 fatalities in North Carolina. Law enforcement officers across the state are working day and night to ensure that number does not rise during Halloween and throughout remainder of the year. The Halloween “Booze It & Lose It” campaign runs from today, Oct. 31, through Sunday, Nov. 2.  ***NCDOT***
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10/17/2014: NCDOT to Emphasize Top Five Tips during National Teen Driver Safety Week

NCDOT to Emphasize Top Five Tips during National Teen Driver Safety Week

Posted 10/17/2014 4:12:15 PM

RALEIGH – Car crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in North Carolina. In an effort to save young lives, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program are partnering during National Teen Driver Safety Week, which starts Sunday, to educate teens about the top five ways they can stay safe behind the wheel. “Teen drivers ages 16-20 comprise just 7 percent of the population in North Carolina, yet they accounted for 13 percent of all crashes and 9 percent of fatal crashes last year,” said GHSP Director Don Nail. “In order to bring those numbers down to zero, we ask parents to help emphasize our safety messages and teens to follow the rules of the road.” National Teen Driver Safety Week seeks to boost teen driver safety by challenging parents to engage their teens in ongoing discussion about critical driving practices that could prevent them from being involved in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “5 to Drive” campaign addresses the five most dangerous and deadly behaviors for teen drivers. The “5 to Drive” rules are: 1.         No Drinking and Driving. 2.         Buckle Up. Every Seat. Every Time. 3.         Put It Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All. 4.         Stop Speeding Before It Stops You. 5.         No More than One Passenger at a Time. GHSP encourages teens and their parents to visit Safety City at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh to learn firsthand about driving safety and interact with many of the “5 to Drive” elements. At Safety City, fairgoers can tour GHSP’s Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Unit, ride in seatbelt convincers that simulate a crash at 5-7 mph, and see the aftermath of a distracted driving crash. Safety City is located behind Dorton Arena and open each day from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. All activities and materials are free of charge. In 2012, young drivers 16-20 years old were involved in 45,517 crashes in North Carolina. Young male drivers were involved in 53 percent of those crashes. Of the fatal crashes involving 16-20 year old drivers and passengers, 60 percent were not wearing their seatbelts, which is why GHSP reminds everyone that it is North Carolina law to buckle up – every seat, every time. National Teen Driver Safety Week begins Oct. 19 and runs through Oct. 25. For more information about it and NHTSA’s “5 to Drive” campaign, visit http://www.safercar.gov/parents/fivetodrive.htm.   ***NCDOT***
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4/12/2012: “No Need 2 Speed” Nets Nearly 13,500 Speeders

“No Need 2 Speed” Nets Nearly 13,500 Speeders

Posted 4/12/2012 9:53:28 AM

RALEIGH — The Governor’s Highway Safety Program announced today that state and local law enforcement officers cited 13,435 motorists for speeding during the “No Need 2 Speed” Campaign, which ran April 2-8. A total of 39,150 traffic and criminal citations were issued statewide. “State and local law enforcement agencies made a tremendous effort to make our highways safer and to remind motorists to obey the speed limit during this campaign,” said Becky Wallace, director of GHSP. Officers also issued 2,832 safety belt and 426 child passenger safety violations and 1,003 drug charges. In addition, they apprehended 819 fugitives from justice and recovered 51 stolen vehicles. For county-by-county citation totals or more information about “No Need 2 Speed”, visit the Governor's Highway Safety Program website. ***NCDOT***
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