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Click It or Ticket: Minnesota authorities respond to spike in unbelted fatalities

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) — Ninety-six motorists who were not wearing seat belts were killed last year in Minnesota, the most since 2014, according to authorities in the state.

Minnesota State Patrol, Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office and Rochester Police Department will be working with more than 300 law enforcement agencies across the state for a Click It or Ticket campaign beginning this week. Starting Monday, Sept. 16 and continuing through Sept. 28, The Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety will coordinate an extra enforcement and education campaign.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office said 211 unbelted occupants experienced life-changing injuries last year.

The Sheriff’s Office also reported that 37 percent of motor vehicle deaths involved unbelted occupants.

Additionally, of the 89 children ages 0 to 7 who were seriously injured in vehicle accidents, only 49 percent were known to be properly secured.

Some of the dangers associated with not buckling up include the fact that unbelted motorists can be thrown into other passengers and windshields.

The release also noted that all children in Minnesota are required to be in a child restraint until they are 4’9 or at least 8 years old.

KTTC Staff

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