Created: 03/21/2014 3:34 PM KAALtv.com
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Nearly 400 Minnesota law enforcement agencies are adding extra patrols today through March 30th focusing on car seat and seat belt use.
Statistics show three of four child seats are not used correctly and half of all traffic deaths involving unbelted drivers and passengers.
A record-number of Minnesotans do wear seat belts. The average rate is about 94 percent. Roughly 150 deaths and 400 serious injuries annually involve motorists who are not buckled up.
Preliminary data shows two children under the age of 8 who were not properly restrained in a car seat were killed and seven more were seriously injured last year.
“Far too many people die or are seriously injured on our roads because they didn’t buckle up,” said Donna Berger, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director. “It’s the law – all motorists must buckle up, even when riding in the back seat. Seat belts and child seats can – and do – save lives.”