St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- More than 100 motorists have died in traffic accidents in Minnesota since January.
According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety, the 2013 preliminary count of traffic deaths is 102. That number is slightly above the 96 deaths reported at this time in 2012.
At this rate, the Department of Public Safety is projecting around 400 deaths for 2013. In 2012- the 100-death mark was reached near the end of May. The final death count for 2012 will be announced in June.
Out of the 102 deaths so far this year, at least 30 of the victims were not wearing seatbelts.
"The key to stopping these preventable deaths begins with every motorist buckling up," said Donna Berger, DPS Office of Traffic Safety Director, "A seat belt is your number one defense against the spike of drunk, distracted and speeding drivers that we see in the summer."
Officials announced these statistics ahead of the start of the statewide "Click It or Ticket" campaign. The campaign kicks off May 20 and will see increased seat belt patrols throughout the nation.
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