Extra seat belt enforcement starts statewide on Friday

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports out of the 932 motorists that have been killed in the last three years, only 45 percent were wearing their seat belt. Violators face a $25 fine.
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The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reports out of the 932 motorists that have been killed in the last three years, only 45 percent were wearing their seat belt. Violators face a $25 fine.

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