Record low seat belt citations issued during recent enforcement period

Published 8:24 am Friday, June 14, 2019

More Minnesotans are choosing to buckle up as law enforcement citations dropped for the fifth straight year during the annual Click It or Ticket campaign from May 20 through June 2, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety.

During the two-week extra enforcement wave, officers, deputies and troopers from 327 agencies reported 4,649 seat belt citations and 141 child seat violations. By comparison, law enforcement issued 6,684 seat belt citations and 147 child seat citations during the same time period in 2018.

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.

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Minnesota law states that drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or seated in the correct child safety seat. All children must be in a child restraint until they are 4’ 9” tall or at least 8 years old, whichever comes first.