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Unbelted deaths: October deadliest month

October was the deadliest month for unbelted traffic deaths in 2012, according to preliminary reports from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. To date for the year, 87 motorists killed in crashes were not buckled up, of which 15 were in October.

All of the 15 October unbelted deaths were outside the seven-county metro area. August (14), June (11) and February (11) also ranked high for unbelted deaths in 2012.

The news comes following a statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, October 12-26, during which 8,569 motorists were cited for not wearing seat belts.

The results were reported by 322 participating agencies. The citations include 216 child passenger safety seat violations. In a similar enforcement effort in October 2011, 9,999 motorists were cited for seat belt non-use.

DPS recently announced Minnesota's statewide seat belt use rate is a record-high 93.6 percent.

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