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More People are Buckling up in Minnesota

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St. Paul, MINNESOTA (WXOW) - More drivers and passengers are buckling up in Minnesota.  The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) annual observational seat belt use survey found a 94.8% seat belt use rate.  That's a 15% increase in belt use since 2003 and up from 93.6% in 2012.
 
DPS officials attribute the continued increase in seat belt use to awareness and enforcement of the state's primary seat belt law, which became effective in June 2009.
 
Despite the increase in belt use, OTS officials say there is still room for improvement.
 
"Seat belts save lives, and the increase in belt use is a positive sign that more and more people realize that," says Donna Berger, OTS director. "However, more than 100 unbelted motorists and passengers are killed every year on Minnesota roads. We ask everyone to do their part to reduce these preventable tragedies by buckling up, every ride, every time."
 
Drivers and passengers in all seating positions, including in the back seat, are required to be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint. Officers will stop and ticket unbelted drivers or passengers. Seat belts must be worn correctly — low and snug across the hips; shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back.
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