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Police Kicking Off Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: May 17, 2019 06:40 PM

Law enforcement across the state are reminding everyone of the need to buckle up with the Click it or Ticket campaign.

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Extra seat belt enforcement starts Monday. Police said summer is the deadliest time of the year to be on roads due to more distractions and people driving less cautiously compared to driving in the winter.

Over 300 law enforcement agencies across the state are participating in the campaign.

It’s the law to buckle up, and police said the enforcement isn't about giving someone a ticket for not wearing a seat belt, but that it’s about saving lives and making sure people are making the correct decision for their safety and their passengers safety.

In a five year period from 2014 to 2018, 446 unbelted motorists lost their lives and 981 people suffered life-changing injuries on Minnesota roads.

Police said the Primary Seat Belt Law has made a difference in decreasing those numbers. It’s been 10 years since the law has been in effect.

"We have over 90 percent seat belt use across Minnesota since the Primary Seat Belt Law. We have 87 percent seat belt usage in our region, specifically the eight counties in northeast Minnesota. We have ways to go, we need to be at 100 percent,” Holly Kostrzewski, the Northeast Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths regional coordinator, said.

During the enforcement, police are reminding people to wear their seat belts correctly too. Police said seat belts should be tight and across the hips or thighs. Seat belts should never be tucked under the arm or behind the back.

The extra seat belt enforcement is also a reminder of making sure children are buckled up and are in adequate car seats. Minnesota law requires children to be in a child restraint until they are 4’9” or at least the age of eight.

The campaign starts Monday May 20 and goes through June 2.

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Alejandra Palacios

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