Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Sheriff Jeff Norlin is stressing that motorists "buckle up." Each year in Minnesota more than half of the motorists killed are not buckled up, resulting in about 200 deaths; another 400 unbelted motorists suffer life-altering injuries. A statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign runs this Oct. 8 through Oct. 28.
"A seat belt is your best defense for protecting yourself on Minnesota roads," says Sheriff Jeff Norlin. "Buckle up every time and every ride and insist your passengers are belted too."
Seat belts restrain motorists in the vehicle's designed protective space, giving them room to live in the event of a crash. Seat belts also keep a motorist correctly positioned behind the wheel to help maintain control of a vehicle.
The odds for injury in a crash are six-times greater if a motorist is not buckled up. An unbelted motorist can crash into a windshield and slam into and injure other passengers. Often an unbelted motorist is ejected from the vehicle and killed when the vehicle rolls over them.
The Meeker County Sheriff's Office is working with the McLeod County Sheriff's Office, Glencoe Police Department, Hutchinson Police Department and Winsted Police Department through a grant issued earlier this year from the Office of Traffic Safety. Sheriff Jeff Norlin wants to remind everyone to buckle up every time and every ride.