Posted at: 10/03/2013 11:06 PM
Updated at: 10/04/2013 9:06 AM
By: Sean Boswell
Seat Belt Campaign Hits Close to Home for Lewiston-Altura High School
(ABC 6 News) -- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is launching a new campaign it hopes will keep your kids alive.
The video shows messages being written to students in a year book, saying things like "I wish you'd been buckled up." It's part of a new Click It or Ticket campaign where authorities will be looking for teens not wearing seatbelts.
Students at Lewiston-Altura High School know first hand just how deadly that can be. It was late April 2010 when four girls crashed, three dying after not wearing seatbelts in their car.
Casey Peters is now a senior at Lewiston-Altura High School. Her cousin died in the crash.
“It just kind of changed everything,” said Peters.
“Even if it’s just from my house... I wear my seatbelt all the time,” said Peters.
From October 4-19, extra seat belt patrols will be roaming the streets. To help launch the campaign, the Office of Traffic Safety has rolled out a new video that focuses on teenage unbelted traffic deaths. They use yearbook photos of kids killed in crashes.
“Teen drivers tend to take more risks. They’ve got less experience… so they tend to get in a lot more crashes,” said Sgt. Eric Bormann.
Casey Peters was just one affected by the crash three years ago.
“It hurts everybody’s heart because they were all so close to them, and it affected the way their lives went on in school,” said Peters.
According to Public Safety Officials, every year in Minnesota, half of the teens killed in crashes weren't wearing seatbelts.