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​Click It or Ticket: Extra Seat Belt Enforcement Underway

Most of you reading this (93 percent) already buckle up when you get in a vehicle, but the remaining 7 percent skip that potentially life-saving step. That’s why more than 300 law enforcement agencies throughout the state are cracking down on unbuckled motorists through June 4.
Seat belt strength demonstration.Seventy-nine unbelted motorists died on Minnesota roads last year, according to preliminary numbers. From 2011 to 2015, 152 unbelted motorists lost their lives during the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota roads (Memorial Day – Labor Day). But statistics show seat belts are helping make a difference. Since 1987, motor vehicle occupant serious injuries have decreased 82 percent.

“If it can hold a car, it can hold you.” See the strength of a seat belt in a DPS video of a car being lifted off the ground by the driver’s side belt. Learn more about the extra enforcement here.

Before they get behind that wheel, show them this one.

​Imagine your teen driving alone during the day without any distractions. Safe, right? Now imagine your teen picks up a friend. Doesn’t seem like a big deal, but your teen’s risk of a crash just increased by 139 percent.


That’s how a new program in Kandiyohi County is helping teen drivers and their parents learn not to drive distracted: by using a probability wheel.

By lining up various factors such as day/night, number of passengers, adjusting hair or makeup, and talking on the phone, teens can see how the decisions they make can affect their chances of getting in a crash.

Learn more on how well-child checkups at a Willmar medical clinic are influencing teens to make safe choices on the road.

“You can’t make this stuff up.”

​That’s what we heard from several troopers, officers and deputies over the past few weeks as they shared their distracted driving stops with us. April is distracted driving awareness month. Here are a few of the most memorable stops during the extra enforcement campaign.

  • Female, 21, stopped by trp. Texting mom she was going to be late for Facetime chat. At least she wasn’t doing THAT while driving. #JustDrive
  • Double whammy! Male, 18, by trooper near Little Falls. Texting and not wearing a seat belt. #JustDrive
  • Female, 37, stopped by Rogers PD, texting & smoking w/dog in lap. Also had a revoked license. No words for this one except. Wow! #JustDrive

You’re sharing the road with these people, which makes it all the more important that YOU pay attention and #JustDrive.



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Video Description: To demonstrate to the public how seat belts can make a difference, the Department of Public Safety recently held a news conference to announce a Click It or Ticket extra enforcement campaign that runs from May 22 - June 4. The event was highlighted by a tow truck lifting a vehicle up by its seat belt, demonstrating the strength of a belt and how it can help prevent injury or loss of life when properly used.