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Extra Seat Belt Enforcement Now on Minnesota Roads

​Troopers, deputies and officers are now out on Minnesota roads looking for motorists who fail to buckle up. deputyspeaking.jpg

More than 300 agencies across the state are participating in the Click It or Ticket campaign which runs through June 5.

In 2015, 91 unbelted motorists lost their lives on Minnesota roads, causing a lifetime of heartache for the families and friends who lost a loved one.

But the stories of surviving a crash because a motorist wore their seat belt are joyous and overwhelming, such is the case for four Minnesotans who recently shared their survival stories

Recent Fatalities Mark 100 Deaths on Minnesota Roads

​Imagining bright futures and making lasting memories came to an unexpected end for the family and friends of 100 people since Jan. 1 in Minnesota. That’s how many people died in traffic crashes in the first 120 days of 2016, according to preliminary information from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

Focusing on the road must be a priority for Minnesotans. The 411 traffic deaths in 2015 marked the first time in five years that road fatalities passed the 400 mark. Safe driving behaviors can go a long way in keeping drivers and passengers safe on the road.


Extra Enforcement Finds Too Many Distraction Dangers on Minnesota Roads

​Drivers with their eyes off the road caught the eye of law enforcement statewide during Minnesota’s extra enforcement distracted driving campaign April 11 – 17. Law enforcment handed out 972 citations to drivers for texting while driving.

Drivers choosing texting over safety jeopardize the lives of others on the road, but any potential distraction can lead to dangerous results. Violations observed during the campaign included:

  • Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office stopped a driver twice in one day for texting — two different officers made the stops.
  • A trooper tried to stop a texting driver for two miles before the driver pulled over. The driver wasn’t fleeing but was “extremely distracted by texting.”
  • A driver was cited by Elk River Police for using social media on the phone — was cited for the same thing two days prior.
  • St. Joseph police stopped a driver for running a stop sign — driver was distracted by a dog escaping its crate in his vehicle.

It is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts and emails, and go online while the vehicle is in motion or a part of traffic. This includes sitting at a stoplight or stop sign or stopped in traffic. It also is illegal for drivers with a permit or provisional driver’s license to use a cell phone while driving, except for emergencies to call 911.


​Featured Video

Video Description: Kianna Stewart of Red Wing, who fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed her vehicle in August 2015, believes she would not be alive today had she decided not to buckle up.