The state Department of Public Safety today is marking 10 years since Minnesota passed its primary seat belt law. The year before the primary seat belt law, 152 unbelted motorists lost their lives on Minnesota roads. In 2018, preliminary numbers show that number decreased to 92. The state’s seat belt law, which requires drivers and passengers in all seating positions to buckle up or be seated in the correct child restraint, took effect on June 9th, 2009 in honor of Meghan Cooper, who was killed at the age of 15 in a 1999 crash. Meghan’s family was a driving force behind the passing of the primary seat belt law. Today also marks the beginning of the latest Click It or Ticket campaign, which runs through June 2nd.
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