Survey shows more NC drivers are wearing seat belts

A new survey shows more drivers are being responsible on the road by wearing seat belts.

On Thursday, Gov. Pat McCrory announced that more than 90 percent of drivers are now wearing their seat belts, the highest seat belt usage rate in state history.

The message hits home for people like Jessica Wagner, whose car flipped five times into oncoming traffic on Business 85 in June.

She fractured her C-4 vertebrae and received more than 100 stitches and staples in her forehead.

Even with those injuries, she says it could have been a lot worse if she hadn’t worn a seat belt.

“If I didn’t have my seatbelt on, I literally would not be here right now,” Wagner said.

Trooper Chris Knox with State Highway Patrol says law enforcement has been working hard to crack down on drivers who don’t buckle up.

Highway Patrol has started using off duty officers to make special patrols to catch drivers who aren’t wearing seat belts.

They are patrols Knox says are about much more than just handing out citations.

“We’ve had to go talk to families where their family member died in a collision where a seat belt would’ve helped,” Knox said. “We don’t want to do that ever again.”

It’s a pain Jessica is grateful her family didn’t have to bear.

“I’m very thankful and very lucky,” she said.

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