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Open forum: Buckle your seat belts

We are coming to the end of another school year, which serves as a reminder of the spring of 2010 when many Minnesota teens were killed in traffic crashes — and many of those killed were not buckled up.

We ask all in our community, especially parents, teachers, coaches, employers and others with contact and influence on teens and young adults, to insist on seat belt use and lead by action. 

Our group works to develop local solutions to traffic issues from multiple approaches, including enforcement, engineering, public health and more. Yet the cause of, and solution to, many traffic crashes — human behavior — is the most challenging to address.

Drivers and their passengers have the most control over their safety through their choices and actions. And they have the most effective and simplest tool to prevent their death or injury in a crash: seat belts.

If we all address this issue, we can spare our community, families and businesses from suffering the preventable deaths and life-altering injuries that take such a dramatic toll on all our lives and resources.

Please buckle up. Remember, click it or ticket.

Myra J. Horner

Project Coordinator

Crow Wing County Passenger Safety Coalition