St. Paul, MN (WXOW) - October is the deadliest month for unbelted traffic deaths in 2012, according to preliminary reports from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. To-date for the year, 87 motorists killed in crashes were not buckled up of which 15 were in October.
The news comes following a statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, October 12 through the 26, during which 8,569 motorists were cited for not wearing seat belts. The results were reported by 322 participating agencies. The citations include 216 child passenger safety seat violations. In a similar enforcement effort in October 2011, 9,999 motorists were cited for seat belt non-use.
"Most Minnesota motorists make smart decisions and belt up, but a deadly month in October demonstrates that many still take an extreme risk by not buckling up," says Donna Berger DPS Office of Traffic Safety director.
DPS recently announced Minnesota's statewide seat belt use rate is a record-high 93.6 percent. Each year, DPS conducts an observational survey of more than 16,000 motorists across the state. Separate, smaller-scale Greater Minnesota regional surveys showed belt use is low in rural areas, where 80 percent of the state's unbelted deaths occur annually.
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