ROCHESTER, Minn.- Minnesota is increasing its efforts to prevent fatal crashes.
Law enforcement from all over the state came together to bring awareness about the dangers of not wearing a seat belt.
There we met Emily Steffens who has become an advocate for safe driving after being thrown from her friend's vehicle while she was asleep in the back.
Steffens is now paralyzed on one half of her body and suffers from severe memory loss. She and her mother Melanie Dobson warn how quickly life can change when you don't wear a seat belt.
“My once brilliant daughter who learned things so quickly now struggles with the simplest tasks,” said Dobson.
In a five year period, 417 motorists who weren’t wearing a seat belt have died in Minnesota.
Law enforcement will be stepping up their patrol on roads, looking for those who aren’t wearing a seat belt.