This was the announcement from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety on Wednesday: 4,351 seat belt citations and 166 child seat violations were issued Oct. 14-30.

Twenty-eight traffic fatalities were reported during that time period as well, 19 of which were people in vehicles. Of those 19, nine people were not wearing seat belts.

DPS officials also say extra enforcement resulted in more arrests and citations for other offenses such as drug possession, speeding, texting-while-driving and DWIs.

Last year, 5,550 citations were handed out during the same time period. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reminds everyone that Minnesota law requires all motorists to buckle up both in the front and back seat or be seated in the correct child restraint.

Here is a list of tickets handed out in the area:

Agency Name/Seat Belt Citations

October 14-30

Apple Valley Police Department: 5
Dakota County Sheriff's Office: 21
Dodge County Sheriff's Office: 1
Eagan Police Department: 11
Elko-New Market Police Department: 4
Faribault Police Department: 5
Farmington Police Department: 2
Goodhue County Sheriff's Office: 12
Goodhue Police Department: 6
Jordan Police Department: 3
Kasson Police Department: 68
Kenyon Police Department: 1
Lakeville Police Department: 11
Mankato DPS Police Department: 6
Northfield Police Department: 6
Owatonna Police Department: 5
Rice County Sheriff's Office: 1
Rochester Police Department: 40
Rosemount Police Department: 3
State Patrol - District 2100 (Rochester): 235
State Patrol - District 2200 (Mankato): 70
Waseca Police Department: 1
West Concord Police Department: 4
Zumbrota Police Department: 6