Statewide Seatbelt Enforcement Operation Is Underway
St. Paul, MN (Minnesota News Network) -- More than 300 law enforcement agencies will be participating in the statewide Click It or Ticket campaign that starts Friday.
The most recent survey shows that 94 percent of drivers and front seat passengers in Minnesota buckle up every time, but men are less likely than women to wear their seat belt. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says 54 percent of men killed in the first six months of this year were unbelted, compared with 40 percent of women.
Fifty-percent of those killed in traffic crashes in the first half of 2015 were unrestrained, according to DPS.
Donna Berger with the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety says “Those not buckled up during a crash can be tossed around like a ping pong ball, thrown from the vehicle into oncoming traffic or even risk their own car rolling over them. These violent deaths are preventable with one simple click.”