MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced a sobering statistic when it comes to wearing a seat belt — 13 of the 18 motorists killed in January weren’t buckled up.

The DPS said this is the second straight month where skipping using a seat belt factored in a majority of traffic deaths. In December, 18 out of 23 motorists killed weren’t buckled up.

“These fatalities only emphasize the point that if you don’t buckle up, you are giving up the best defense you have to stay safe in the case of a crash,” said Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol.

The DPS said most of the deaths happened in areas outside the metro area, where belt compliance is low — Benton, Cass, Crow Wing, Goodhue, Kandiyohi, Otter Tail, Rock, St. Louis, Wadena, Winona, and two in Faribault. Only one unbelted fatality occurred in the Twin Cities area, in Dakota County.

It’s the law in Minnesota for drivers and all passengers to be belted.

For more information on seat belt safety, click here.

Comments (5)
  1. Ash says:

    Increasing the fine to say $500 may fix this problem.

  2. BearskinBob says:

    There should be no law requiring seat belt use except perhaps for minors. Just say no to nanny laws period.

  3. Chris says:

    Right, and there should be a tax on salt and sugar.

    And you should be required to wear a helmet when going up and down stairs.

    And your meat should be pre-cut so you don’t eat too big a piece and choke to death.

    Because, government isn’t big enough.

  4. Swamp Rat says:

    Stupid is as Stupid does! BUCKLE-UP!!!

    It’s time to fine those who don’t buckle-up. Think about; society pays for unbuckled stupidity and deaths. Think about that!

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