Minnesota law enforcement cited just over 18-hundred drivers for seatbelt violations during the latest two-week “Click it or Ticket” campaign. That’s significantly less than last year’s 26-hundred tickets, and well over the four-thousand number from both 2018 and 2019. State Traffic Safety Office’s Mike Hanson says some agencies couldn’t participate as much this year because of staffing shortages and scheduling challenges:
“So while the enforcement numbers might at first glance look to be positive, we have to look at the back side of that which is those crash statistics.”
Preliminary figures show as of October 10th, 80 unbelted motorists have died on Minnesota roads in 2021 — a 48-percent increase from that same period two years ago.