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Minn. officers targeting drivers without seat belts

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Roughly 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will be increasing patrols in the next few weeks as part of a campaign to urge drivers to buckle their seat belts.

Click It or Ticket seat-belt patrols will hit the roads in Minnesota starting Monday through June 2.

In the past three years on Minnesota roads, there were 864 traffic deaths, and 352 of those people were not wearing seat belts, state officials said.

Motorists involved in a crash have a six times greater chance for injury if they are not buckled up, Forum Communications noted.

Law enforcement officials will be watching teen drivers especially closely. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for Minnesota teens, Minnesota public safety officials say. They recently reported that troopers have noted a trend in recent years: April, May and June have been the worst months for unbelted teenage driver deaths.

As part of a safety campaign, state officials created a video that simulates a fall from a 12-story building, which is similar to the impact a driver would experience in a crash without a seat belt at 60 mph:

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