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Not Wearing Seat Belt Causes 87 Deaths in Minnesota – October Deadliest Month in 2012

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October was the deadliest month so far in 2012 on Minnesota roads for unbelted motorists, 15 were killed in accidents throughout the state, 87 total since the beginning of the year according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

A statewide “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign just wrapped up in the state, 8,569 motorists were cited for not wearing seat belts, including 216 child passenger safety seat violations. Last year the same campaign issued 9,999 citations for seat belt non-use.

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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