Record Low Seat Belt Citations During Campaign

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Law enforcement agencies statewide participated in the Click It or Ticket extra enforcement campaign from May 20 – June 2.
  • 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.

 

Seat Belt Citation History

  • In the last five years (2015-2019), Minnesota has seen a 37 percent reduction in seat belt citations written during the extra enforcement wave.
Year Agencies Seat Belt Citations Child Seat Citations
2019 327 4,649 141
2018 318 6,684 147
2017 320 6,771 184
2016 328 7,233 213
2015 311 7,393 175
2014 329 10,874 279
2013 323 10,342 256

 

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 – 322
  • State Patrol – District 2400 (Oakdale) – 315
  • State Patrol – District 2500 (Golden Valley) – 234
  • White Bear Lake Police Department – 102
  • Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office – 76

In Greater Minnesota, agencies with the most citations included:

  • State Patrol – District 2700 (Duluth) – 198
  • State Patrol – District 2100 (Rochester) – 188
  • State Patrol – District 3100 (Virginia) – 157
  • State Patrol – District 2200 (Mankato) – 134
  • State Patrol – District 2900 (Detroit Lakes) – 120
  • State Patrol – District 2800 (Brainerd) – 91
  • State Patrol – District 2300 (Marshall) – 88
  • State Patrol – District 3200 (Thief River Falls) – 77
  • Clay County Sheriff’s Office  – 70
  • Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office – 70

Seat Belts Save Lives

There has been significant progress in people getting safely home since Minnesota passed the primary seat belt law 10 years ago.

  • A year prior to the primary seat belt law (2008), 152 unbelted motorists lost their lives on Minnesota roads. In 2018, preliminary numbers show that number decreased to 92.
  • In the five years (2004-2008) leading up to the law, 51 percent of all fatalities (1,008) were known to be unbelted motorists. In the last five years (2014-2018), that number decreased to 34 percent (446).

 

Seat Belts: Minnesota Law

  • Minnesota law states that drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or seated in the correct child safety seat.
  • 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.

 

Child Car Seats: Minnesota 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 – 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.
  • 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 – For school-age children who have reached the height and weight limits of the forward-facing seat. The booster must be used with a lap and shoulder belt.
  • Seat belts – For children 8 years old or have reached 4 feet 9 inches. 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.