RALEIGH (WTVD) -- The North Carolina Highway Patrol hopes a graphic demonstration will open some eyes and get motorists to be careful as they enjoy the Memorial Day Weekend.
Troopers on Monday showed our cameras what happens when two cars collide with people inside who are not wearing seatbelts.
Last year, the Highway Patrol investigated 263 fatal collisions and over 9,047 injury collisions just during the summer months.
In a weekend crash in the Clayton area, a vehicle rolled over and a 7-year-old was thrown out and killed.
"And it's devastating to repeatedly see drivers and occupants who were unbelted at the time of the crash among those fatalities. Last year, 415 people who were not using seat belts were killed and 436 others were seriously injured in motor vehicle crashes across North Carolina," said NC DOT Secretary Nick Tennyson.
The holiday weekend officially begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, and ends at midnight, Monday, May 30. Last year the Highway Patrol investigated 7 fatal collisions and over 342 injury related collisions during the Memorial Day weekend.
"As Memorial Day approaches, traffic will increase throughout North Carolina. We want to make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend," said Colonel Bill Grey, Highway Patrol Commander.
"Please fasten your seatbelts, obey the speed limit and don't drink and drive. The choices you make can be difference between life and death."
Troopers will also be joining other law enforcement agencies by participating in the annual "On the Road, On the Water, Don't Drink & Drive" and the GHSP's "Click-It or Ticket" campaigns.
Citizens may report crashes, impaired drivers, stranded motorists or other highway situations to the Highway Patrol by dialing * HP (*47) on their cellular telephones. This is a toll free call that connects the caller to the nearest Highway Patrol communications center.