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Minnesota issues lowest seat belt violations during campaign

ST. PAUL — Law enforcement citations for seat belt violations in Minnesota dropped for the fifth straight year during a Click It or Ticket campaign, the Department of Public Safety said.

Police from 327 agencies issued 4,649 violations during the May 20-June 2 campaign, down 36% from a 2018 campaign and 80% from 2014 when 10,874 violations were issued.

St. Paul police handed out 322 violations while the Duluth district issued the most citations in outstate Minnesota with 198. Clay and Olmsted deputies each issued 70.

In the five years (2004-2008) leading up to state's primary seat belt law, just more than half of 1,008 fatalities were known to be unbelted motorists. In the last five years (2014-2018), that number decreased to 34% (446).

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