MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Police across Minnesota want to make sure everyone is wearing their seat belts as part of their latest “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

The Department of Safety put out a new public service announcement last weekend that compared the impact of a crash without a seat belt to falling from a tall building.

Over the last five years, more than 40 percent of people who died in crashes weren’t buckled up.

White Bear Lake Policeman Duane Siedschlag is convinced his daughter survived a car crash she was involved in because of her seat belt.

“I wouldn’t wish my feelings that night on anybody. It was horrible to go through, and now it’s all about realizing how close I came to losing her. She’d be dead if she had not been wearing her seat belt,” Siedschlag said.

A ticket for being caught driving without a seat belt will cost about $25, but add on court costs and administrative fees and it could be more than $100.


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