Buckle up! Seat belt crackdown begins Monday


Some 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies will launch a statewide two-week seat belt-enforcement patrol starting Monday, according to the Star Tribune. It's part of a national crackdown effort.

Minnesota law requires all passengers to buckle up or face $120 fines, but more than four of 10 Minnesotans killed in traffic crashes failed to buckle their seat belts. Of the 852 motorists killed in crashes between 2010 and ’12, 42 percent were unbuckled.

According to the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, seat-belt use in Minnesota hit 92.7 percent in 2011, compared to a national average of 84 percent.

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