Detroit Lakes Area Issued Most Citations for MN Click-it-or-Ticket Seatbelt Campaign in September | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety released their citation numbers from the one-week Click-it-or-Ticket campaign in September, which aims at reinforcing the importance of using seatbelts every time a person rides in a vehicle.

Across the state, 278 different agencies participated in the public safety campaign and wrote 1,125 citations for seatbelts and issued 39 violations improper child restraints.

The state public safety department stated a proper child restraint can reduce a child’s risk of serious injury. From 2018-2022, nearly 14,000 children were involved in car crashes while being restrained properly and 88% of those children were uninjured while an additional 9% only suffered minor injuries.

Minnesota’s car seat law states: “All children must be in a child safety seat until they are 4 feet, 9 inches tall or at least 8 years old, whichever comes first.”

The Minnesota State Patrol District in Detroit Lakes logged the most seatbelt citations for non-restrained drivers and passengers in the entire state with 87. The next closest district was Duluth with 71 citations.

The St. Paul police department issued 57 tickets; the same number as the Rochester state patrol district.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office issued 17 citations during the week-long campaign.

The state agency said a 2022 observational seat belt survey showed a 93% compliance rate for front-seat vehicle occupants.

Unbelted car crash deaths are expected to decline slightly in 2023, however, 57 unrestrained deaths have occurred on Minnesota roadways since January, which, the state patrol argues, is 57 more deaths than there should have been.

Minnesota law requires all drivers and passengers to wear seat belts or be in the correct child restraint. Belts should be tight across the hips or thighs and should never be tucked under the arm or behind the back

News article written by Michael Achterling (KDLM)


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