As drivers head home from holiday hang-outs there will be extra seat belt enforcement statewide, marking 10 years of the primary seat belt law in Minnesota. Kathy Cooper helped lead the charge to put the law on the books after her daughter Meghan was killed while unbelted in 1999. Cooper remembered a sobering moment in the weeks leading up to her daughter’s death when they fought over whether or not she had to buckle up.

“Meghan slammed her belt on as she said, “mom, it’s not even the law.” Now I knew what I needed to do. I believed that Megan was telling me, “mom, fix this.”

The law eventually took effect on June 9th, 2009, 10 years to the day after Megan’s death. Extra enforcement continues through June 2nd.