Our North Carolina car accident attorneys are happy to report that more than 300 high schools statewide are now participating in the “Click It or Ticket” program. Participating schools require drivers and passengers to buckle up before entering or leaving their school parking lot. If any vehicle occupants are caught unbuckled, student drivers can lose on-campus parking privileges. The program, which began in 2005, initially enlisted 53 high schools in 16 counties. As of this year, 303 campuses across 94 counties have elected to participate.
North Carolina ranks in the top ten states recognized for its efforts to enact and enforce laws that promote seat belt, child restraint and motorcycle helmet use. It also requires younger drivers to complete a more rigorous driver education and training curriculum before graduating to a fully provisional driver’s license. State law requires all drivers and all passengers to wear a seat belt. For drivers or front-seat passengers caught unbuckled, the penalty fee and court costs reach just shy of $135. For back-seat passengers, the fine is $10.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, on average about 5,000 teen drivers aged 16 to 20 are killed each year in car accidents. Of that number, generally more than half are not wearing their seat belts. In 2006, teen drivers ranked lowest among all drivers likely to buckle up with just three out of four drivers or passengers aged 16 to 20 using seat belts. The best way to get a young driver to wear their seat belt is by example.
The North Carolina car accident lawyers with Lee & Smith know that being involved in a serious or fatal car accident, or losing a loved one to a fatal car crash, can be among the most trying times in your life. We hope that if you are involved in a serious car accident from whether in Burlington or Rutherfordton or across the state you will call us at 1-800-887-1965 or email our law offices to schedule a free consultation to discuss your rights.