Extra Seat Belt Enforcement 02 Apr 12

The Minnesota State Patrol is conducting extra seat belt enforcement this week in the 10 greater Minnesota counties that have seen the highest number of unbelted deaths and injuries, which includes Renville County. Along with Renville, extra patrols are running through Sunday in Cass, Itasca, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Olmsted, St. Louis, Stearns, Rice and Winona Counties. The Office of Traffic Safety says that combined, those counties saw 854 unbelted deaths and serious injuries from 2007 through 2009. The primary seat belt law requires drivers and passengers in all seating positions, including the back seat, to be buckled up or in a correct child restraint. Officers will stop and ticket unbelted drivers or passengers.