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Enhanced Seat Belt Enforcement

​Being involved in a crash can be horrific. Being unbelted during that crash increases your odds of being injured or killed.

Unbelted motorists can become a threat to other passengers if they are thrown about the car during a crash and can often be ejected from the vehicle.

To continue educating motorists about the importance of seat belts, law enforcement handed out 7,233 seat belt and 213 child restraint citations during the May 23 – June 5 enhanced seat belt enforcement campaign.

While the 2016 numbers are about the same as last year’s, long-term trends show a positive direction in seat belt compliance.

The 2015 Minnesota Seat Belt Survey shows 94 percent compliance for front seat occupants.

Click It or Ticket Citations May 2013 – 2016:  

  • 2016: 7,233 seat belt citations, plus 213 child restraint citations
  • 2015: 7,393 seat belt citations, plus 175 child restraint citations.
  • 2014: 10,874 seat belt citations, plus 279 child restraint citations.
  • 2013: 10,342 seat belt citations, plus 256 child restraint citations.



100 Deadliest Days on Minnesota Roads

​Treacherous driving conditions often give motorists the perception that winter is the most dangerous time of the year on Minnesota roads, when in fact, summer months are the deadliest.

During the 100 deadliest days on Minnesota (Memorial Day – Labor Day), an average of 129 people will lose their lives on Minnesota roads.

Last year was the deadliest 100 day stretch in the last five years on Minnesota roads accounting for 137 of the 411 deaths.

Speak Up and Save Lives

  • If you are with a driver who is distracted, speak up, tell them to put the phone down.
  • Refuse to drive until every passenger is buckled up.
  • Slow down —trying to save a few minutes off your drive isn’t worth causing a crash.
  • Plan ahead before you go out by designating a sober driver, and if you see a person who has had too much to drink, speak up and offer them a safe ride home.

Together we can all make a difference and save lives on Minnesota roads.

 

​Featured Video


Video Description: Kianna Stewart of Red Wing, who fell asleep behind the wheel and crashed her vehicle in August 2015, believes she would not be alive today had she decided not to buckle up.