Service to North Carolina

Research conducted by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center is saving lives on North Carolina roadways and has positioned our state as a model for national road safety programs.


HSRC was a key component of the team which introduced the "Click It or Ticket" seat belt program to North Carolina. Our model developed into a national program which has saved thousands of lives and reduced the severity of innumerable disabling injuries.

Joe Parker, Former Director
NC Governor's Highway Safety Program

North Carolina is fortunate to have a world class research program to help formulate ways to reduce the human and economic costs imposed by traffic crashes. However, they are more fortunate that it is staffed by people who will also lend a hand to help solve local safety problems.

Stan Polanis
Director of Transportation
City of Winston-Salem

The UNC Highway Safety Research Center is an invaluable resource for data and information related to highway safety in NC. Without HSRC, the Buckle Up Kids and Safe Kids NC programs would not be able to substantiate our success in child passenger safety efforts.

Kelly Ransdell
Director, Safe Kids North Carolina

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Leveraging State Funding

For each dollar invested by the state over the last two fiscal years, HSRC staff generated more than $11 in research and program funding.

Making NC Roads Safer

HSRC developed the concept of graduated driver licensing (GDL) and helped enact North Carolina's GDL system, which has reduced crashes among 16-year-old drivers by 38 percent, and 20 percent among 17-years olds. HSRC has also helped raise seat belt usage in North Carolina to nearly 90 percent, one of the highest rates in the nation.

Since January 2008, HSRC has conducted projects in 41 counties in the state of North Carolina in addition to 5 statewide projects.

Highlights of the Center's service to the state of North Carolina include: