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Buckle up: Click It or Ticket campaign launches on Carolina highways

An estimated 1.3 million North Carolinians will drive to their Thanksgiving celebration, according to AAA.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Roads and highways across the Carolinas are going to be busy as thousands of people head to their Thanksgiving celebrations this week. 

An estimated 55 million Americans nationwide will hit the road this week, according to AAA of the Carolinas, with 1.3 million North Carolinians driving for Thanksgiving. In South Carolina, an estimated 678,000 people will take the highway for the holiday. 

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That record number of travelers will mean law enforcement are out in full force to keep everyone safe and make sure they're following the rules of the road. 

The Click It or Ticket campaign starts Monday, and according to AAA, 90% of people will drive to their holiday destination. With more people driving than ever before, police will be making sure drivers are buckled up. In 2017, nearly half of the people killed in crashes weren't wearing a seat belt, according to crash statistics. 

Officials are urging everyone to buckle up, take their time and eliminate distractions. If you're caught driving without a seat belt, you can be fined up to $200. 

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