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Impacts of Minnesota's Primary Seat Belt Law

On behalf of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, CERS has conducted an analysis of Minnesota's primary seat belt law. The law, which went into effect in June 2009, allows law enforcement officials to stop and ticket a driver solely for not wearing a seat belt. The study found that there had been 68 fewer deaths, 320 fewer severe injury crashes, and 432 fewer moderate injury crashes since the law went into effect. This reduction in deaths and injuries has also saved $45 million in medical costs.

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