Memorial Day weekend is here, and there will be a combined effort between local and state law enforcement to patrol the roads and highways and keep travelers safer.
The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is already in force, having begun on May 22 and running through June 4. Sponsored in part by the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, the goal is to reduce highway fatalities through responsible seat belt usage by drivers and their passengers.
Protect your family this Memorial Day weekend
At a May press conference, the state Transportation Secretary announced that “the Memorial Day holiday is one of [the] deadliest times of year . . . and many . . . deaths could be prevented if people would just buckle up.”
Failing to wear a seat belt is a primary cause of highway fatalities. In the past half-dozen years, over 40% of traffic deaths were attributed to a lack of seat belt usage.
Why the risk is real
Even the safest drivers are still vulnerable to the negligence of other drivers beside them on the roadways. Impaired drivers present a particular risk on this holiday weekend. Alcohol is a part of many Memorial Day barbecues and get-togethers.
While there is no way to control the actions of other drivers, you may be able to mitigate the effects of a collision by wearing seat belts on every outing.
What if you suffer injuries in a holiday crash?
Despite all precautions, if you are injured in a North Carolina auto accident, you can learn more about your options to seek financial compensation for your damages due to another driver’s negligence.