352 Traffic Accident Victims in Minnesota Not Buckled Up

By KBJR News 1

352 Traffic Accident Victims in Minnesota Not Buckled Up

May 6, 2013 Updated May 6, 2013 at 9:48 AM CST

St. Louis County, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Nearly 41% of all motorists killed in traffic crashes on Minnesota roads from 2010-2012 were not wearing seat belts.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety said in a news release that 352 unbelted motorists were killed during the three-year span.

The statistic is another aert for motorists to buckle up every seat, every time.

"We are still seeing a large number of people who don't wear their seat belt or don't buckle up in the back seat," says Sgt. John Backman from St. Louis County Sheriff's Office. "Many of the serious injuries and deaths we see resulting from a crash can be prevented by simply wearing a seat belt- it's the best defense in a vehicle in the case of a crash."

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says that people often have questions about booster seats. The Minnesota Statute requires that children under the age of 8 have to ride in a federally approved car seat or booster, unless the child is 4 feet 9 inches or taller. Children should start riding in a booster upon outgrowing a forward-facing restraint.

During the month of May on the Iron Range, there will be increased law enforcement patrols targeting people who don't wear seatbelts and who don't follow the childseat/booster laws. Officers will be writing tickets to all unbelted occupants of vehicles.

Posted to the web by Raeanna Marnati
rmarnati@kbjr.com