Increased seat belt patrols this spring

Motorists and passengers are reminded to buckle up this spring as Click It or Ticket seat belt patrols take to the roads statewide May 20 to June 2.  Chisago County is among 400 Minnesota agencies increasing patrols to encourage motorists to buckle up.

In the last three years on Minnesota roads, there were 864 traffic deaths, of which 352 (41 percent) were not buckled up.  Of those 352 killed, 41 percent were motorists ages 16-29, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

In Chisago County during this time period, seven unbelted motorists were killed and seven were seriously injured.

“Statistics show that teens and young adults continue to represent a large percentage of unbelted traffic deaths, which indicates there is still a major issue with seat belt usage among that age group,” Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan said.  “For whatever reason — be it comfort, restriction or philosophy — some motorists and passengers still refuse to wear their seat belts.  We ask them to remember that their minor inconvenience could turn out to be a major life saver.”

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