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Not buckling up carries a price

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Not wearing a seat belt continues to take a toll – on lives and on the economy as well.

According to the most recent statistics from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, one life was lost in a crash in Douglas County in 2012 because the person was unbelted. Two other unbelted motorists suffered severe injuries.


The estimated economic impact of those incidents amounts to more than $1.56 million, according to the DPS.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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