- During the two-week extra enforcement and awareness campaign, officers, deputies and troopers reported 1,556 seat belt citations and 52 child seat citations.
- Law enforcement agencies statewide participated in the Click It or Ticket campaign from Nov. 16-29.
- The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) coordinates the statewide campaign and the funding provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- New advertising from DPS-OTS supported the campaign to influence smart seat belt choices in the vehicle.
A complete list of agencies participating in the Click It or Ticket campaign is available online.
Seat Belt Citations by Agency
In the Twin Cities metro area, agencies with the most seat belt citations included:
- St. Paul Police Department: 347
- Minnesota State Patrol, District 2500 (Golden Valley): 93
- Minnesota State Patrol, District 2400 (Oakdale): 64
- Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office: 41
- White Bear Lake Police Department: 37
- Minneapolis Police Department: 36
In Greater Minnesota, agencies with the most citations included:
- Minnesota State Patrol, District 2700 (Duluth): 91
- Minnesota State Patrol, District 2100 (Rochester): 67
- Minnesota State Patrol, District 3100 (Virginia):48
- Minnesota State Patrol, District 2900 (Detroit Lakes): 47
- Minnesota State Patrol, District 2600 (St. Cloud): 35
Stop the Excuses and Dangerous Choices
- Eden Prairie Police stopped a vehicle for speeding (54 mph in a 35 mph zone). The officer found an infant in the back seat who was tipping over because he was not properly restrained in a car seat.
- St. Paul Police stopped a 47-year-old male for no seat belt. The driver did not have a photo identification and used a seat belt ticket from the previous day to identify himself.
- A trooper in the Virginia, Minnesota state patrol district cited the same female driver twice in about an hour for not wearing a seat belt.
- Eden Prairie Police stopped a male driver for a seat belt violation. Driver claimed he just took off his seat belt while entering an on-ramp as he couldn’t see the front corner of his vehicle. The driver was 6 feet 4 inches tall, according to his license.
- St. Paul Police cited a 34-year-old male driver twice in 40 minutes for no seat belt.
Unbelted Motorists Contributing to Significant Rise in Traffic Fatalities This Year
- From Jan. 1 through Dec. 1, preliminary reports show 93 unbelted motorists died on Minnesota roads this year, compared with 66 reported at this time last year.
- During the Nov. 16-29 extra enforcement and awareness period, two unbelted motorists lost their lives in traffic crashes on Minnesota roads.
- Over the last 10 years from Jan. 1 – Dec. 1:
- This year is the highest number of unbelted fatalities (10) of 15-19-year-olds since 2013 (11).
- This year is the highest number of unbelted fatalities (30) of 25-39-year-olds since 2012 (35).
- It’s the highest overall year-to-date unbelted fatalities since 2014 (94).