Extra Seat Belt Enforcement Protects Lives of Children to Adults

  • During the two-week extra enforcement wave, officers, deputies and troopers reported 4,415 seat belt citations and 96 child seat violations compared with 4,610 seat belt citations and 140 child seat violations during the 2018 campaign.
  • More than 300 law enforcement agencies statewide participated in the Click It or Ticket extra enforcement campaign from Sept. 16-28.
  • The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety coordinated the enhanced enforcement and education efforts and provided federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for extra patrols.

 

A complete list of agencies participating in the Click It or Ticket campaign can be found online.

 

Seat Belt Citations by Agency

In the Twin Cities metro area, agencies with the most seat belt citations included:

  • St. Paul Police Department – 402
  • Minnesota State Patrol, District 2400 (Oakdale) – 265
  • Minnesota State Patrol, District 2500 (Golden Valley) – 195
  • Dakota County Sheriff’s Office – 105
  • Eden Prairie Police Department – 77

In Greater Minnesota, agencies with the most citations included:

  • Minnesota State Patrol, District 2700 (Duluth) – 229
  • Minnesota State Patrol, District 2100 (Rochester) – 202
  • Duluth Police Department – 159
  • Minnesota State Patrol, District 3200 (Thief River Falls) – 151
  • Minnesota State Patrol, District 2600 (St. Cloud) – 130
  • Minnesota State Patrol, District 2200 (Mankato) – 126
  • Minnesota State Patrol, District 2900 (Detroit Lakes) – 109
  • Minnesota State Patrol, District 3100 (Virginia) – 109

 

Join the Crowd, Speak Up and Increase the Odds of Getting Home Safely 

  • In the last five years, 18 children ages 0-7 have been killed in car crashes with only 39 percent of them being properly restrained.
  • In the last five years, of the 17,237 children ages 0-7 that were properly restrained, 87 percent were not injured.
  • Law enforcement cited 1,442 drivers in 2018 for failing to properly restrain their children.
  • In 2018, 96 unbelted motorists lost their lives on Minnesota roads, the most since 2014 (106).
  • Law enforcement cited 34,748 unbelted motorists in 2018, compared with 54,856 citations in 2014.
  • The 2019 Minnesota Seat Belt Survey shows 93.4 percent compliance for front seat occupants.

 

The Law is for Safety

  • Minnesota law states that drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or seated in the correct child safety seat. Officers will stop and ticket unbelted drivers or passengers.
  • Seat belts must be worn correctly: low and snug across the hips, and shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back.

Minnesota Child Car Seat Law and Steps

  • In Minnesota, all children must be in a child restraint until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall, or at least age 8, whichever comes first.
  • Rear-facing seats – The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they have reached the height and weight limits allowed by the car seat manufacturer. It is safest to keep children rear-facing up to the maximum weight limit of the car seat.
  • Forward-facing seats with harness – Toddlers and preschoolers who have reached the height and weight limits of the rear-facing car seat should use a forward-facing seat with harness until they reach the weight limit of the harness allowed by the car seat manufacturer.
  • Booster seats – School-age children who have reached the height and weight limits of the forward-facing seat should sit on a booster seat. The booster must be used with a lap and shoulder belt.
  • Seat belts – Children over 8 years old or have reached 4 feet 9 inches tall should wear a seat belt. It is recommended to keep a child in a booster seat based on their size rather than their age. Your child is ready for an adult seat belt when they can sit with their back against the vehicle seat, knees bent comfortably and completely over the vehicle seat edge without slouching, and feet touching the floor.
  • It is recommended that children under the age of 13 ride in the back seat to prevent airbag-related injuries or death.