About 400 law enforcement agencies will beef up seat-belt patrols for the next two weeks as part of a statewide campaign to get drivers to buckle up.
May 21-June 3
377 of the 878 traffic deaths (43%) between 2009 and 2011 involved people not wearing seat belts.
179 of the 377 people killed (48 percent) were age 30 or younger.
300 of the 377 deaths (80 percent) occurred outside the seven-county Twin Cities metro area.
The campaign includes a TV spot that compares the impact of crashing at 60 mph without a seat belt to falling from 12 stories.
The state's primary seat-belt law is saving lives, according to a University of Minnesota study released in March. The study reported the law has resulted in 68 fewer deaths, 320 fewer injuries and $45 million in avoided hospital charges since it took effect June 2009.Source: Minnesota Department of Public Safety