118 motorists in Winona County were ticketed for not wearing their seat belts during the two-week "Click It or Ticket" campaign that ended June 3rd, across both Minnesota and Wisconsin.
The Winona County Sheriff's Office says 2 parents and caregivers were also cited for child seat violations during he enforcement period. Minnesota's child passenger safety law requires children under the age of 8, or under 4 feet, 9 inches tall, to be in a car seat or booster seat.
More than 400 unbelted motorists were killed in Minnesota in the last three years representing 43% of the total motorist deaths. 10 unbelted motorists were killed in Winona County during that time period and another 10 were seriously injured.
Law enforcement agencies across Winona County joined over 400 agencies in Minnesota, and a large number in Wisconsin, in the stepped-up enforcement of the primary seat belt law that requires all people in a vehicle, not just the front seat passengers, to be belted.
Sheriff Dave Brand says crashes can happen at any time and the best defense is to be belted, every seat, every ride.