Listen up, Minnesotans.
See that red light in your rear view mirror? That officer may be checking you for a seat belt and child restraint violation!
Seat belt and child restraint violations will be the target for troopers, deputies and city police officers from May 19 to June 1, as they all work on Minnesota roadways during the annual May Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign.
You will find more officers pulling cars over between 4 pm and 1 am because many crash injuries and fatalities involving the non-use of seat belts occur at night. So the focus will be on that time period since about half the crashes occur during that time period. .
Minnesota’s seat belt law is a primary offense, meaning you can get stopped for not being appropriately restrained.
Preliminary data provided by the Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety shows that in 2013 there were 94 deaths and 247 injuries where the vehicle occupant was not buckled up. That data also shows deaths of at least two children under the age of eight – who were not properly restrained in a car seat – and seven more were seriously injured in 2013.
So, Buckle Up, Minnesota…and make sure your kids are in the appropriate car seats for their age. And, live longer.
We want you as neighbors and clients. So live longer by staying safe!