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Seat belt law enforcement effort March 11-17

WILLMAR -- A week-long seatbelt enforcement effort begins March 11 in Meeker, McLeod and Lyon counties.

During this cooperative daytime and nighttime effort, the State Patrol and county and city law enforcement officers will patrol Highway 15 in Hutchinson, Highway 12 in Dassel and Highway 23 in Marshall to enforce seatbelt use.

According to statewide data, a high percentage of crashes resulting in death and serious injuries involve drivers and occupants not wearing seatbelts.

This partnership is a result of the Southwest MN Toward Zero Deaths initiative. It is part of the statewide Toward Zero Deaths initiative, whose goal is to reduce fatalities and serious injuries on roadways through multidisciplinary application of education, enforcement, engineering and emergency medical services.