Increased enforcement effort results in 84 seat belt citations

Published 10:06 am Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Local law enforcement officers cited 84 people last month for not wearing their seat belts during a two-week enforcement effort.

From Oct. 10 through Oct. 26, the Albert Lea Police Department and Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office looked for unbelted drivers and passengers. The increased enforcement was made possible through a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety and Toward Zero Deaths campaign.

As part of the grant, officers put up high visibility warning signs on East Main Street by Prospect Avenue in Albert Lea, and other signs were placed at various locations, advising drivers of the increased enforcement.

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According to a news release, officers and deputies stopped 373 vehicles during the enforcement period. In addition to seat belt violations, the traffic stops included the following citations and arrests:

• 15 citations for driving with a revoked, suspended or canceled license

• three arrests for impaired driving, with one person being arrested twice within a few hours of the first arrest.

• three arrests for felony drug offenses

• one felony flee from police

• two warrants

The Toward Zero Deaths campaign utilizes public awareness and education along with the enforcement. In addition, the city’s Facebook and Twitter accounts were used to spread the message.