The year before Minnesota put the primary seat belt law on the books 152 unbelted motorists lost their lives. Preliminary numbers show last year 92 unbelted motorists died. Steele County Sheriff Lon Thiele says it’s a good trend, more work needs to be done. He says over the next few weeks there will be extra enforcement on Minnesota roads targeting unbelted motorists:

“We did a count earlier, everybody out here, there’s 11 counties and all the entities involved here. We’re taking this seriously. We’re here to enforce the law. And we’re asking you to be partners in helping us protect Minnesotans in the road to help drive us toward zero deaths.”

Over the last five years, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety says 446 unbelted motorists lost their lives and 981 people suffered life-changing injuries. The extra enforcement campaign will run until June 2nd.