Motorists and passengers are reminded to buckle up this fall as extra seat belt patrols take to the roads statewide October 4-19. Winona County law enforcement agencies are among nearly 400 Minnesota agencies increasing patrols to encourage motorists to buckle up.
Sheriff's Deputy Rod Hansen says Winona County is behind the state average when it comes to seat belt use and it's been difficult to get motorists to comply.
In the last three years through 2012 on Minnesota roads there were 852 motorist traffic deaths, of which 361, or 42 percent, were not buckled up. Of those 361 killed, 42 percent were motorists ages 16-29, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.
In Winona County during this same time period, 7 unbelted motorists were killed and 4 were seriously injured......