Spike in deaths spur increased seat belt enforcement

Nov 18, 2010

Wearing a seat belt can help save lives

Thousands of people are involved in motor vehicle accident every year. In Minnesota alone, more than 1,000 drivers and passengers lost their lives between 2007 and 2009.

Police officials believe a number of these lives, however, could have been saved if a seat belt had been worn. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety notes a recent accident involving four occupants resulted in the death of one unbelted passenger.

Minnesota State Patrol Lieutenant Eric Roeske and his fellow law enforcement officials are increasing seat belt enforcement efforts this month.

"This crash is the perfect example of why 400-plus people are killed on Minnesota roads annually - aggressive driving, possible alcohol use, and of course, no seat belts," says Roeske. "Despite all the mistakes that led to this crash, seat belts could have made a difference."

Wearing a seat belt and driving the speed limit are just a couple of ways motorists can increase their safety on the road. It's also wise for frequent travelers to invest in auto and life insurance policies in the event of a serious accident.

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