Sheriff’s Office announces May Mobilization

Sheriff Gary L. Miller is announcing that motorists in Wright County will notice an increase in patrol cars during a national seat belt enforcement and education campaign occurring from May 22 through June 1. The campaign is named “May Mobilization” and its objective is to protect lives and prevent serious injuries to motorists by encouraging them to buckle up.

Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 4 and 33. In 2002, 657 people died on Minnesota roadways. Of those, 539 were vehicle occupants. Of those, 333 deaths were attributed to seat belt non-use, or 62 percent. In Wright County in 2002, there were 12 deaths due to motor vehicle crashes. Of those, seven were not wearing belts. In addition, 736 injuries due to crashes occurred in Wright County and of those 184 were attributed to seat belt non-use or 25 percent.

Officers from Annandale, Buffalo and Howard Lake police departments will be joining deputies from the Wright County Sheriff’s Office in issuing citations to drivers and passengers during the upcoming enforcement wave. “Cops would much rather issue a ticket to a living person than notify loved ones of a senseless death due to non-seat belt use,” says Wright County Sheriff Gary Miller.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called for this mobilization to increase seat belt use. The Safe & Sober campaign is funded by NHTSA and administered by the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety.

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