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More than 8,000 people cited for not wearing a seat belt

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ST. PUAL, Minnesota (WXOW) – More than 8,000 motorists and passengers were ticketed during Minnesota's Click It or Ticket campaign.  The campaign is aimed at enforcing the states seat belt law which requires everyone in the vehicle to wear a seatbelt.

This year's campaign took place from Oct. 4 through Oct. 19.  Law enforcement cited 8,297 motorists and passengers for not buckling up.  Another 341 citations were given for child passenger safety seat violations.

"Our goal with these seat belt campaigns is to both educate motorists and passengers, and enforce the law in an effort to reinforce safe driving behavior," says Donna Berger, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director. "Enforcement efforts like this one have served an important purpose by increasing belt compliance to record-high levels."

Officers say Minnesota's seat belt rate is about 95-percent. 

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