Better be buckled up, because it’s Click It or Ticket time, May 21 through June 7.
In Minnesota, about 400 law enforcement agencies will partner with 10,000 agencies nationwide to work overtime patrols to increase seat belt compliance in an effort to stop preventable deaths and injuries. More than 400 unbelted motorists were killed in the last three years in Minnesota, representing 43 percent of the total motorist deaths.
In Isanti County during the last three years, 11 unbelted motorists were killed and seven were seriously injured, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Primary Seat Belt Law — Saving Lives
Law enforcement agencies in Isanti County will enforce the state’s primary seat belt law during the campaign, which is saving lives, according to a University of Minnesota study released in March. The study reported the law has resulted in 68 fewer deaths, 320 fewer injuries and $45 million in avoided hospital charges since enacted three years ago (June 2009).
“This law demonstrates how important it is to be belted in every seat, every ride,” said Bob Bollenbeck, Isanti County Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) Program Coordinator. “Those who don’t belt up face a range of negative consequences—ranging from a ticket to being ejected from the vehicle.”
Promoting the Message
The Isanti TZD Program stresses the importance to promote the seat belt enforcement to encourage belt use.
“This campaign is not about writing tickets, it’s about demonstrating that we take this law seriously because many times we’ve responded to an unbelted fatality crash,” Bollenbeck said. “We want motorists to be aware we are out there and encourage them to be the first enforcers by speaking up remind other passengers to get belted.”