Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 20, 2014

Click it or Ticket

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

What: Northwest Minnesota and Northeast North Dakota 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: 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Where: East Grand Forks City Hall

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. In North Dakota, about 2 of every 3 motor vehicle occupant fatality is unbelted at the time of the crash. In the 3-year period of 2011–2013: 404 vehicle occupants were killed and 63 percent were unbelted.


  • East Grand Forks Police Chief Mike Hedlund
  • North Dakota State Patrol
  • Minnesota State Patrol Captain Mike Hanson
  • Jess Stricker, a driver who was “Saved by the Belt”

The Northwest 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 11-county area encompasses:  Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Red Lake and Roseau.