Seat belt citations down, but officials strive for 100 percent compliance

Seat belt enforcement across the state underway through Sept. 29

Sloane Martin
September 15, 2018 - 5:28 pm

Wearing a seatbelt while driving seems like a straightforward way to stay safe, but, according to the Minnesota Seat Belt Survey, 7 percent of people still aren't buckling up.

Three hundred law enforcement agencies across the state are stepping up patrols for the Click it or Ticket campaign Monday through Saturday Sept. 29. State Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson says it also applies to child seats and there is an option for people without a quality one.

"Some families have trouble affording a nice car seat," she said. "You know, they bought one at a garage sale and the straps are not as tight. There is a program through the state of Minnesota that if you get a child restraint violation, you can apply to get a discounted car seat."

According to the Department of Public Safety, 78 unbelted people died on Minnesota roads last year, with three-quarters occurring in Greater Minnesota. That accounted for third third of total motor vehicle deaths.

Citations during the seat belt enforcement campaign lack in May were down for a fourth straight year, to 6,684.

Including court costs, a ticket can add up to more than $100.