BAXTER -- The Baxter Planning and Zoning Commission will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday at Baxter City Hall.
Special utilities meeting
BAXTER -- A special meeting of the Baxter Utilities Commission will be 4 p.m. Wednesday at Baxter City Hall.
Brainerd, Baxter seat belt use low
A recent Safe and Sober enhanced enforcement campaign in Brainerd and Baxter found seat belt use in the cities to be below the state average.
On average seat belt use in Brainerd is 73 percent and in Baxter 74 percent. The state average is 80 percent. Brainerd Police Sgt. Terry Crocker and Baxter Police Sgt. Jim Extrand reported the seat belt use was even lower before the enhanced enforcement campaign that ran from Nov. 18-Dec. 1.
The enforcement campaign, coordinated through 400 state agencies by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, reported that when the seat belt law went into effect in 1986, seat belt use was at 33 percent in the state and there were 6,135 fatalities. In 2002, seat belt use was at 80 percent and there were 2,883 fatalities.
In 2002, Brainerd reported 133 traffic accidents with injuries. In Baxter, there were 111 accidents with injuries.
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