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Unbelted fatalities on Minnesota roads hits 2012 high in October

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says Monday that October was the deadliest month in 2012 for vehicle occupants who did not use seat belts. Preliminary reports said there were 15 unbelted fatalities in October, topping the previous high of 14 in August.
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The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said Monday that October was the deadliest month in 2012 for vehicle occupants who did not use seat belts, the Star Tribune reported.

Preliminary reports said there were 15 unbelted fatalities in October, topping the previous high of 14 in August, the department said.

The department also said in a news release Monday that there have been 87 unbelted fatalities on Minnesota roads this year.

DPS Officer of Traffic Safety director Donna Berger said in the release that October's number of fatalities "demonstrates that many still take an extreme risk by not buckling up.

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