The Cherokee Indian Police Department (CIPD) will be participating in the North Carolina Governor’s Highway Safety Program and the Indian Highway Safety Program’s “Click it Or Ticket” initiatives that will run through Sunday, May 31. CIPD will hold safety checkpoints across the Qualla Boundary during this multi-week initiative.
“Last year, Indian Country had the highest seat belt use it has ever seen (73.4 percent), and we want to continue with the upward trend to hopefully get up to the national average (87 percent),” CIPD officials said in a statement. “Indian Country is moving in the right direction, and we encourage our Indian Country officers to work each day to make our drivers and passengers safer by participating in the mobilization.”
North Carolina’s “Click It or Ticket” program began in 1993 to increase seat belt and child safety use rates through stepped-up enforcement of the state’s seat belt law. Nearly every law enforcement agency in the state participates in “Click It or Ticket,” one of the most intensive law enforcement efforts of its kind.