Aitkin Age: Number of unbelted motorists killed in crashes goes up for second year

EXCERPT: “Buckling up. It’s a two-second step that helps parents come home to their kids, teenagers graduate and pursue their dreams, and families avoid the heartache of losing a loved one in a crash. Too many Minnesotans skipped that step the last two years and the consequences are permanent and tragic. The number of people killed by not wearing a seat belt rose in 2021 for the second year in a row. The Click It or Ticket statewide seat belt campaign strives to stop the preventable loss to families across Minnesota. Troopers, deputies and officers participate in the campaign, which includes extra patrols. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety coordinates the enforcement, education and awareness campaign with funding provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It includes advertising across Minnesota in support of the Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety initiative . . . Last year saw the highest number of unbelted fatalities (38) of 25-39-year-olds since 2012 (36). 2020 was not far behind, with 31 unbelted deaths in that age category. Seventy-seven percent of unbelted fatalities in 2021 occurred in greater Minnesota, outside the seven-county metro area.” FULL STORY: