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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Click It or Ticket: Nearly 11,000 unbelted motorists ticketd during two-week enhanced enforcement campaign

  • A statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt and car seat enforcement campaign May 19-June 1 resulted in 10,874 seat belt citations, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS/OTS).
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  • A statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt and car seat enforcement campaign May 19-June 1 resulted in 10,874 seat belt citations, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS/OTS).
     
    Campaign results were reported by 329 agencies and included 279 child seat citations.
    “These numbers indicate far too many people are risking their lives and the lives of the people riding with them,” said Donna Berger, OTS director. “The Click It or Ticket enforcement and education campaign reminds motorists that buckling up not only is the law, it’s your best defense in case of a crash.”
     
    A similar campaign in May 2013 cited 10,342 motorists.
     
    Minnesota Seat Belt Use
    Based upon observational studies, daytime seat belt use in Minnesota was only 20 percent in 1986. Buckling up has steadily climbed since, due to enforcement, education and the strengthening of seat belt laws. Minnesota hit a record-high seat belt use rate of 94.8 percent in 2013.
     
    Minnesota Seat Belt Law
     
    Minnesota’s seat belt law is a primary offense, meaning drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or in the correct child restraint.
     
    Minnesota Child Pas­senger Safety and Bo­oster Seat Law
     
    A child who is both under age 8 and shorter than 4 feet 9 inches is required to be fastened in a child safety seat or booster seat that meets federal safety standards. Under this law, a child cannot use a seat belt alone until they are age 8 or 4 feet 9 inches tall – whichever comes first. It is recommended to keep a child in a booster based on their height, rather than their age. Learn more about child passenger safety and the booster seat law. Children under age 13 should always ride in the back seat.

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