Created: 06/10/2014 4:37 PM KAALtv.com
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says a statewide campaign to catch people not wearing their seat belts resulted in 10, 874 citations.
The Click It or Ticket results were reported by 329 agencies and included 279 child seat citations.
“These numbers indicate far too many people are risking their lives and the lives of the people riding with them,” said Donna Berger, OTS director. “The Click It or Ticket enforcement and education campaign reminds motorists that buckling up not only is the law, it’s your best defense in case of a crash.”
This most recent enforcement went May 19th - June 1st. A similar campaign in May 2013 cited 10,342 motorists.
Studies show daytime seat belt use in Minnesota was only 20 percent in 1986. Buckling up has steadily climbed since, due to enforcement, education and the strengthening of seat belt laws. Minnesota hit a record-high seat belt use rate of 94.8 percent in 2013.