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On Tuesday, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety issued a warning about the increased number of 2009 Minnesota road deaths. Of particular concern was that of the seven deaths reported , in six of the cases the deceased was not wearing a seat belt. This is an increase from past years were unbelted motorists account for around 200 traffic deaths, representing 55 percent of all motorist deaths. During 2005–2007, there were 614 unbelted vehicle occupant deaths and 1,298 serious injuries.

The key reminders are:

  • Wear Your Seat belt
  • Slow Down
  • Don’t Drink and Drive.

Personally, when my first son was born, I decided that as a father I had a responsibility to my family and have always worn a seat belt ever since. It’s important to those who care about us.

As with any death in a Minnesota motor vehicle collision, there are a number of issues that will need to be reviewed. My partner, Joe Crumley, addressed this topic in a recent article for the Minnesota Lawyers Trial magazine. I was interviewed last year on the same topic. In all of these case, sorrow for the families of those involved goes out.

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