Minnesota Department of Transportation

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News Release

May 7, 2014

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



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

When:  11:30 a.m., Monday, May 12, 2014

Where: Hearth & Home Technologies
            800 West Jefferson Street, Lake City, MN 55041

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.


  • Rodney Bartsh, Wabasha County Sheriff
  • Nicole Schmidt, EHS Engineer, Hearth & Homes Technologies
  • Alison Springer, who with her unborn child and her 3-year-old were “Saved by the Belt” when her SUV rolled over.

The Southeast 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 southeast Minnesota. The 11-county area encompasses:  Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha and Winona counties.