Law enforcement kicks off holiday traffic campaigns in the Triad

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- As many get ready to load up on turkey and stuffing, law enforcement agencies across North Carolina are also getting ready for one of the busiest travel seasons.

AAA Carolinas estimates that over 1.4 million North Carolinians will hit the roads this year.

Monday, Greensboro police along with state troopers launched the statewide “Click it or Ticket it” campaign.

High Point police also kicked off their holiday enforcement campaign aiming not only clock seat belt violators but looking for other violations too.

"There's more cars around so there's more tendencies for something bad to happen,” said Officer Pete Abernathy, with the High Point Police Department.

Abernathy spent part of Monday looking for speeders and seat belt violators along South Main Street.

“I think that the more time that you are here the less surprising things you see,” he said. "Hopefully they are becoming more aware of the dangers, but if that doesn’t motivate them then the financial pain of that ticket will probably do that.”

Last year during the Thanksgiving holiday, of the 22 people killed on North Carolina roads, 13 of those were not wearing seat belts, which is down from 2014.

In 2015, North Carolina set a record 91.7 percent seat belt usage rate.

Guilford County tops that with a 92.5 percent seat belt usage rate.

"The Thanksgiving holiday period is the deadliest holiday period nationally,” said Don Nail, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.

"It's always good to remind someone to simply buckle up,” Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott said.

A speeding ticket can run over $200.  If you get caught without a seat belt it will cost you $179.

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