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8,000 cited for not buckling up during 'Click It or Ticket' enforcement

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Over two weeks this month, officers cited 8,297 motorists and passengers for seat belt violations as part of a statewide crackdown.

The Minnesota State Patrol along with hundreds of county and city agencies were actively looking for those not buckled up from Oct. 4 to Oct. 19 as part of the "Click It or Ticket" campaign.

The Department of Public Safety also reported there were 341 citations issued for child car seat violations during the campaign.

“Our goal with these seat belt campaigns is to both educate motorists and passengers, and enforce the law in an effort to reinforce safe driving behavior,” Donna Berger, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director, said.

The number looks a little better than last year. In October 2012, more than 8,500 drivers and passengers were ticketed for not wearing seat belts.

Minnesota law enforcement agencies also stepped up DWI enforcement last weekend in anticipation of Halloween partiers. DPS says alcohol-related crashes on Halloween celebration weekends have resulted in seven deaths and 27 injuries over the past five years.

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