Safety advocates in North Carolina are reminding motorists to buckle up for every trip. According to WLOS ABC News Channel 13, the State of North Carolina scores at about 92 percent for seat belt usage. Although that's pretty high, it still leaves eight percent of motorists unprotected in the event of a wreck. State Highway Patrol officers are urging drivers and passengers to buckle up this summer and all year long. It only takes a few seconds, and it could save your life. Not only is buckling up the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash, it can also save you a $179 ticket.