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Seat belt citations top 4,000 during two-week Minnesota campaign

A two-week wave of extra seat belt enforcement across the state resulted in 4,610 seat belt citations and 140 child seat violations, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported Wednesday.

More than 300 law enforcement agencies participated in the Click It or Ticket extra enforcement campaign Sept. 17-29.

Traffic stops included one driver who was pulled over for his 10th seat belt citation and the fifth seat belt citation this year alone, according to the Department of Public Safety. Another driver pulled over for texting allegedly admitted he was using his phone to pay off a seat belt ticket for a violation incurred a few weeks earlier.

State law requires all drivers and passengers to be buckled up or in a correct child safety seat. Unbelted drivers and passengers can be stopped and ticketed by law enforcement.

The use of seat belts and child safety seats greatly reduces the odds of death or serious injury in a traffic crash. Last year 78 unbelted motorists died in crashes on Minnesota highways.

Local agencies that participated in the recently concluded Click It or Ticket campaign include the Atwater Police Department, Belgrade Police Department, Benson Police Department, Chippewa County Sheriff's Office, Clara City Police Department, Danube Police Department;

Glenwood Police Department, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office, Meeker County Sheriff's Office, Olivia Police Department, Paynesville Police Department;

Pope County Sheriff's Office, Redwood County Sheriff's Office, Redwood Falls Police Department, Renville County Sheriff's Office, Renville Police Department;

Starbuck Police Department, Stearns County Sheriff's Office, Swift County Sheriff's Office, Willmar Police Department, Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office.