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DPS marks 10-year anniversary of Primary Seat Belt Law

DPS marks 10-year anniversary of Primary Seat Belt Law Photo: KSTP

May 20, 2019 02:16 PM

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is touting the number of lives it says have been saved on the state's roads since passage of Minnesota's Primary Seat Belt Law 10 years ago.

The law - which requires drivers and passengers in all seating positions to be buckled up or seated in the proper child restraint - took effect on June 9, 2009.

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A release said in the year prior to the law (2008), 152 unbelted motorists were killed on Minnesota roads. In 2018, that number had decreased to 92.

The release also said that in the five years leading up to the law taking effect (2004-08), 51 percent (1,008) of all fatalities on the state's roads were known to be unbelted motorists. In the last five years (2014-18), that total has decreased to 34 percent (446).

The law's 10th anniversary will come just after the conclusion of the Click It or Ticket campaign, which began Monday and runs through June 2. The DPS coordinates the effort, which includes extra enforcement on the roads and an education campaign involving deputies, officers and troopers from more than 300 law enforcement agencies around the state.

The law was passed in honor of Meghan Cooper, a 15-year-old who died in 1999 after being ejected from the rear seat of a car. She was not wearing a seat belt at the time.

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