The Minnesota State Patrol is adding more seat belt enforcement next week in 10 greater Minnesota counties that have endured the most unbelted deaths and injuries, according to the Star Tribune.
According to the Tribune, these extra patrols are starting Monday and going through next Sunday in Cass, Itasca, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Olmsted, St. Louis, Stearns, Renville, Rice and Winona counties.
The Department of Public Safety's Office of Traffic Safety says that combined, those counties had 854 unbelted deaths and serious injuries between 2007 and 2009, according to the Tribune.
The Tribune said the primary seat belt law requires drivers and passengers in all seating positions, including the back seat, to be buckled up or in a proper child restraint.
Officers will stop and ticket drivers or passengers without seat belts, the Tribune said.