Minnesota reached a grim milestone Tuesday after two fatal crashes pushed the state’s 2015 traffic fatality number to 100. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety says a head-on crash killed two drivers in Carlton, and a roll-over crash in St. Louis County killed a man who was not wearing his seat belt.
Expect more buses and trucks to be pulled over by police this weekend. The State Patrol is increasing its commercial vehicle enforcement through the next week, targeting drivers for seat belt violations, roadside inspections and other types of regulatory compliance. Troopers want the extra enforcement to remind all drivers about safely sharing the road. That means stay visible, since large trucks have blinds spots where a car disappears from the view of the truck driver.
Highway Patrol troopers from South Dakota and Minnesota and local law officers are cracking down on traffic violators on a stretch of Interstate 90. The daylong enforcement effort between Chamberlain, S.D., and Fairmont, Minn., began at 6 a.m. Thursday.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says that more than half of those who were not wearing their seat belts when they were killed in car crashes ended up being ejected from their vehicles.
While wearing your seat belt while you’re driving is something you should always be doing, there’s more reason to do it starting Monday as agencies from around the state are targeting unbelted drivers. Law enforcement agencies around the state are enforcing a crackdown on seat belt usage for their annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign.
This is a horrific crash….not a movie.
New digital billboards went up Monday with the simulated image of someone plunging from a building. It’s a dramatic part of the “Click It or Ticket” campaign that started Monday and goes until June 3.
Officials from the Department of Public Safety are going on a rooftop Monday to talk about the physics of a car crash.
Police agencies in the Midwest are among those planning stepped up enforcement of seat belt and other traffic safety laws around Thanksgiving.
The Department of Public Safety said more than half of the children killed or injured in accidents are not properly restrained.
So far in 2010, 397 people have died in traffic crashes. That’s just three more than at this point last year, when final reports gave Minnesota a final total of 421 deaths making it the safest year since 1944.
Traffic safety experts say seat belt use statewide has increased from 83 percent in 2006 to 92 percent this year.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says teens in the state’s northwest and southern corners aren’t buckling up as much as their peers in other parts of the state.
The wreckage of an SUV involved in a fatal crash in Fridley two nights ago will be the backdrop for a news conference on seat belts today.