More than 200 tickets issued in Durham in Click It campaign
Durham drivers got more than 200 tickets for violations during the state’s most recent Click It or Ticket campaign to keep the state’s roads safe, officials said Wednesday.
Charges included driving while impaired, safety-belt violations and drug possession, according to Heather Jeffreys, communications officer with the N.C. Department of Transportation.
The campaign ran from May 20 to June 2, and included the Memorial Day weekend.
A total of 219 tickets were issued in Durham during the period at 18 checkpoints and during patrols.
Safety-belt violations – 176 – made up most of the citations. Thirteen child passenger safety tickets were also issued.
Twenty-eight motorists were charged with driving while impaired, and two were hit with drug charges.
Participating in the campaign were Durham police and sheriff’s deputies, Duke and N.C. Central University police and N.C. State Highway Patrol troopers.
North Carolina was the first state to implement the Click It or Ticket program 20 years ago, Jeffreys said. Every state now participates.
Seat-belt use in the state peaked in 2008 at 89.8 percent, and was 87.5 percent in 2012, she said.
Jeffreys said the Governor’s Highway Safety Program launched a social media campaign to go along with traditional efforts such as checkpoints and “saturation patrols.” It encouraged drivers to take a photo of themselves buckled up while parked and share it on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest.