A winter storm warning goes into effect at 7 a.m. Friday for Beaufort, Dare, mainland Hyde, Martin, Tyrrell and Washington counties. A winter storm advisory goes into effect at 7 a.m. Friday for the rest of Eastern Carolina. The threats are snow, sleet and freezing rain.
State troopers say this year's Operation Buckle Up was a success.
The two week enforcement blitz ended yesterday with troopers writing 8502 seatbelt tickets and 679 violations for child restraints.
Troopers say compared to last year, seatbelt enforcement was up 42%, while child restraint saw a 26% increase.
Currently the seatbelt compliance rate in North Carolina is 88.6 percent. Troopers say their goal is to raise the voluntary compliance rate to over 90%.