Updated: September 30, 2020 11:20 PM
Created: September 30, 2020 10:08 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Two-hundred eighty five people have died on Minnesota roads so far this year.
According to preliminary reports from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, nearly a quarter of those deaths were people not wearing seatbelts.
In 2019, 73 unbelted motorists lost their lives on Minnesota roads.
In an effort to try and cut down on those kind of fatalities and to educate young drivers, the group Towards Zero Deaths teamed up with local law enforcement to challenge kids to buckle up.
"We see a lot of traffic fatalities throughout Minnesota, a lot of them due to not wearing a seat belt. So just one of those things, if we can encourage kids, if we can get them to start driving and learning that behavior, it's going to be easier in the long run when they start early," says Jesse Kasel, Kasson Police Department.
Students and staff at Kasson-Mantorville, Triton and Hayfield High schools were all a part of the challenge.
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