Facts & Figures

Protect Your Identity

You can reduce your risk of becoming a victim of one of the fastest growing crimes, identity theft.

Identity theft occurs when a thief uses personal information like your bank account or Social Security number to pretend to be you, opening a new account or credit card in your name.

By posing as a real person, the thief runs up bills but never pays, leaving you with credit problems. Identity theft costs businesses billions of dollars each year, and it costs consumers their good names.

By guarding your information and closely monitoring credit reports or freezing your credit reports you can fight back. Find tips on how to keep your personal information out of the hands of thieves.

North Carolina ID Theft Facts

More than 11 million people in the US are victims of ID theft each year. In North Carolina, about 300,000 people are victimized annually. (Javelin Strategy and Research, 2012)  North Carolina ranks 25th in the nation in terms of identity theft, and five North Carolina cities rank in the top 50 metropolitan areas for identity theft complaints:  Dunn, Thomasville-Lexington, New Bern, Rocky Mount and Goldsboro.  (FTC, 2012)

The identities of more than 3.9 million North Carolinians have been put at greater risk of ID theft by the more than 1,200 security breaches reported to us since December 2005.  

Cost to Businesses and Consumers

Businesses lose nearly $50 billion to identity theft each year. (FTC, 2003)


Consumer victims lose $5 billion as they try to restore their good names and credit, an average of $500 per victim. Victims of the most serious kind of ID theft, like an account opened in their name, spend $1,180 and 60 hours on average to try to undo the damage. (FTC, 2003)


Many victims suffer in other ways, including being denied credit, being harassed by creditors for bills that aren’t really theirs, having their utilities cut off, getting sued, or being arrested for crimes they didn’t commit.


North Carolina Work Zone Safety Fact Sheet

There are more than 200 major work zones in North Carolina.

In 2009, there were 2,125 work zone crashes in North Carolina.

In 2009, 1,208 people were injured as a result of motor vehicle crashes in North Carolina construction, utility and maintenance work zones.

In 2009, there were 11 fatalities in North Carolina work zones.

More than four out of five persons killed in work zone crashes are motorists.

Speeding and distracted driving account for more than 50% of all work zone crashes.

In 2009, 71% of North Carolina’s reported work zone crashes occurred on clear days.

In 2009, nearly 82% of North Carolina’s reported work zone crashes occurred during dry road conditions.

Of North Carolina’s reported work zone crashes in 2009, more than 75% occurred during daylight hours.


It takes less than one minute longer to travel through a two-mile work zone at 45 miles per hour than at 65 miles per hour – 49 seconds to be exact!


For additional information, please visit www.ncdot.org/~workzone.


NORTH CAROLINA’S SEAT BELT USAGE RATE INCREASES

RALEIGH — The Governor’s Highway Safety Program announced on August 17, 2010 that North Carolina’s seat belt usage rate increased slightly from 89.5% to 89.7% according to an annual survey. This is a 4% increase since 2005 and above the national rate of 83%.

"While this increase is not statistically significant, it is a positive sign that more people are buckling up," said David Weinstein, director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program. “Seat belts are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers, so buckle up and remember it’s ‘Click It or Ticket'.” 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, results are tabulated from probability-based observational surveys, all of which follow established criteria. NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis verifies that all states comply with the standard each year.  Last year in North Carolina alone, there were 1,012 traffic-related fatalities and 431 of those were unrestrained drivers.  For more information regarding GHSP or the "Click It or Ticket" program, click here.


TEEN DRIVERS AND CELL PHONE USE

If is against the law in North Carolina for drivers under the age of 18 to use a mobile phone or any technology associated with a mobile telephone while a vehicle is in motion.

Exceptions include:
Talking to an emergency response operator; a hospital, physician's office, or health clinic; a public or private owned ambulance company or service; a fire department; a law enforcement agency or the operator's parent, legal guardian, or spouse.

Penalty:
If a minor is caught using a mobile communication device while driving, they will receive a $25 fine.  In addition to mobile phones, the law also stipulates the use of "other technology" that provides access to digital media such as a digital camera, email, music, the Internet, and games.

No driver license points, insurance surcharge, or court costs are assessed as a result of a violation of this law.

This law became effective December 1, 2007.

Did you know?

  • In 2008, there were 46,492 traffic crashes involving 15 to 19 year olds.
  • Those crashes resulted in 81 fatalities and more than 8,000 injuries.
  • Of the fatalities, 54% of the drivers were not wearing a seat belt.
  • More than 1,200 crashes were alcohol-related.

 

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

North Carolina prohibits ALL drivers from texting or reading a text message while a vehicle is in motion.

Exceptions include:
Those performing in official duties such as: a law enforcement officer; a member of a fire department; or the operator of a public or private ambulance.

Penalty:
A driver that is caught texting or reading a text message while driving will face a fine of $100 plus court fees of at least $130.  The violation will not add points to your driving record and an insurance surcharge will not be assessed.

This law became effective December 1, 2009.

Did you know?

  • In North Carolina, the law now requires ALL passengers in a vehicle to wear their seat belts.  There are no longer age exceptions for passengers in the back seat.
  • The majority of teen crashes occur between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • The three most common contributing factors of teen crashes include, failure to yield, failure to reduce speed and driving too fast for conditions.
  • In 68% of teen crashes, the teen driver was named at fault for the crash.
       
       
       
       
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