- Thursday November 4th, 2010 :: 01:52 p.m. CDT
Minneapolis Police CLICK IT OR TICKET enforcement results in 328 citations
November 4, 2010 (MINNEAPOLIS) During the October statewide Click It or Ticket enforcement effort, the Minneapolis Police Department issued 320 seat belt and 8 child restraint citations. Around 400 law enforcement agencies statewide participated in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety enforcement effort aimed at increasing seat belt and child restraint use among motorists. Each year in Minnesota, unbelted motorists account for more than one-half of all motorist deaths.
“Enforcing seat belt use is not just the job of law enforcement, it’s up to every motorist to speak up and tell your passengers to belt up,” says Sgt. Scott Olson of the MPD Traffic Enforcement Unit. “Unbelted motorists are not just endangering themselves. In a crash an unbelted passenger can slam into and injure others in the vehicle.”
During the last three years (2007–2009), in Minnesota, more than 1,000 motorists were killed in crashes and only 43 percent were buckled up. During this same time period in Hennepin County, 104 motorists were killed in traffic crashes and 38 were not belted. Another 90 unbelted motorists were seriously injured.
During the campaign, officers enforced the state’s primary seat belt law that requires passengers in all seating positions, including the back seat, to be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint. Law enforcement officers will stop and ticket motorists for seat belt violations, including unbelted passengers. A seat belt fine is $25 but can cost more than $100 with court and administrative fees.
The campaign also included enforcement of Minnesota’s strengthened child passenger safety law that requires children to be in the correct restraint until they are age 8 and 4 feet 9 inches tall. This law requires booster seats for kids usually starting at age 4 to ensure adult seat belts fit them correctly.
Special nighttime belt patrols conducted during the campaign resulted in 180 citations. The Minneapolis Police Department focused on nighttime patrols to combat a disproportionate number of unbelted traffic deaths during nighttime hours.
The seat belt enforcement campaign is a component of the state’s Toward Zero Death (TZD) initiative. TZD is the state’s core traffic safety program that uses a multidisciplinary approach to address traffic issues regionally through enforcement, education, engineering and emergency trauma care. The goal of the TZD is 400 or fewer road deaths by 2010.
Minneapolis Police Department
350 S 5th St
Minneapolis, MN 55415