State Patrol continues push to get teens to buckle up

Published 9:21 am Friday, September 5, 2014

The Minnesota State Patrol is using a new initiative to get teens to buckle their seat belts.

State troopers are using T-shirt blasters at high school football games for the second year to shower students with the message to buckle up. The neon-green T-shirts are emblazoned with “Everyday I’m Buckling.”

These events will be accompanied by stadium public address announcements as well as morning school messages.

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The state patrol will launch T-shirts in Austin on Sept. 26.

Traffic crashes are the leading killer of Minnesota teens due to inexperience, risk-taking, distractions and low seat belt compliance. In the past five years, 203 teens were killed in crashes, and of those, 165 were vehicle occupants, of which only 67 (41 percent) were belted.