Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 15, 2014

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Northeast Minnesota law enforcement and Toward Zero Deaths Safe Roads Coalitions join forces for the launch of increased seatbelt enforcement efforts.

What:  Northeast Minnesota regional law enforcement officers, community members, Toward
Zero Deaths Safe Roads coalitions, Minnesota Department of Public Safety and the Minnesota Department of Transportation kick off an enhanced enforcement and education campaign to increase seatbelt use.

When:  11 a.m., Monday, May 19, 2014

Where: Hermantown City Hall
5105 Maple Grove Road, Hermantown, MN

Why:   Each year in Minnesota less than half of all motor vehicle occupant fatalities are buckled
             up.  In fact, in the 3-year period of 2010–2012:  852 vehicle occupants were killed.  Only
             47 percent were known to be belted.


  • Hermantown Police Chief Jim Crace
  • Itasca County Sheriff Victor Williams
  • Impact Statement: Chris Wahwassuck (Itasca County Crash Victim)
  • Lt. Jason Engeldinger, Minnesota State Patrol
  • Jacquie Oien, a driver who was “Saved by the Belt”

The Northeast Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths initiative brings area law enforcement, public health educators, engineers and emergency medical and trauma services together to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and severe injuries to zero in northeast Minnesota. The 8-county area encompasses:  Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Lake, Itasca, Koochiching, St. Louis and Pine counties.