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Office of Traffic Safety

A Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety


Featured Traffic Safety Laws

Primary Seat Belt Law 

Minnesota's seat belt law requires all motorists — drivers and passengers in any seat —  to be buckled up and children in the correct child restraint. Law enforcement will stop and ticket unbelted drivers and passengers, including those in the back seat.


Booster Seats Required

Children must ride in a booster seat after they have outgrown a forward-facing seat (typically age 4 and 40-60 pounds), until they are age 8 or 4'9" tall — whichever comes first. It is recommended to keep a child in a booster based on their size rather than age. Boosters are seat lifts that help adult seat belts fit children properly.


Text + Drive = Ticket.  >:- (

It is illegal for drivers of all ages to compose, read, or send electronic messages or access the Internet on a wireless device when the vehicle is in motion or part of traffic. This includes being stopped in traffic or at a light.


Stronger DWI Sanctions and Ignition Interlock

All repeat DWI offenders — and first-time offenders arrested at twice the legal limit —  will now encounter stronger DWI sanctions. These offenders must use ignition interlock, or face at least one year without a driver’s license.  


AAA's Digest of Motor Laws

For a comprehensive guide to the nation's traffic laws, reference DrivingLaws.AAA.com.