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Goodhue County Sheriff’s deputies and Red Wing police join Red Wing High School students in stenciling “Buckle up” on school exits earlier this month as part of a statewide Click It or Ticket campaign. (Photo provided by Ashlyn Christianson, Goodhue County Health and Human Services)

Seat-belt use on the rise

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More Minnesota drivers and passengers are buckling up than ever before, according to a Minnesota Department of Public Safety survey released last week.

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The state saw a 94.8 percent seat belt use rate over the past year, up more than 15 percent since 2003, according to the DPS Office of Traffic Safety.

Figures show the number of unbelted deaths on Minnesota roadways has decreased steadily since 1986, the year the first statewide seat belt law was passed.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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