In 2017, authorities blame more than 70 deaths on Minnesota roadways to people not wearing their seat belts.

That's why the Northeast Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths program is pushing for traffic safety, and extra seat belt enforcement. 

Stakeholders and law enforcement officers gathered in Duluth Thursday to educate people about the importance of seat belts, and child passenger restraints. 

They remind drivers that car seats and seat belts are the first line of defense in a crash. 

The Minnesota Seat Belt Survey, taken in 2017, says more than 90% of people riding in the front seat wear their seat belts.