NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program along with state and local law enforcement kicked off of the annual Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign Monday.
Since its inception 24 years ago, the program has increased driver seat belt awareness and usage rates and reduced fatalities across North Carolina.
Nearly every law enforcement agency in the state participates in the initiative.
New Bern police are stepping up their law enforcement efforts throughout the city.
“We know there is going to be an increased number of vehicles on the road traveling for the holidays, so our goal is to make sure everybody gets there safely,” said Stephen Williams with the New Bern Police Department.
A citation will cost you $179.
The campaign works in part with the NC Vision Zero initiative.
The goal is to reach zero traffic-related fatalities through coordinated agency-to-agency efforts.