Over 12,500 Minnesota Motorists Ticketed for Not Wearing Seat Belts

By KBJR News 1

The Minnesota State Patrol is trying out electronic citations, which will aim to limit paperwork and keep troopers safe.

June 11, 2012 Updated Jun 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM CDT

St. Paul, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Over 12,500 Minnesotans were ticketed for not wearing their seat belts while out on the road during the Minnesota State Patrol's statewide Click It or Ticket campaign.

Between May 21st and June 3rd, 12,639 motorists on Minnesota roads were ticketed for not wearing their seat belts while in a car.

An additional 301 citations were issued for child passenger safety seat violations.

“We conduct these publicized campaigns to increase belt compliance with the goal to limit preventable deaths and injuries,” says Donna Berger, director of the DPS Office of Traffic Safety. “Buckling up is the simplest, most effective precaution motorists have to stay safe on the road.”

In the last three years in Minnesota, (2009–2011), there were 878 driver traffic deaths of which 377 (43%) were not buckled up. Of the unbelted deaths, 179 (48%) of the victims were age 30 or younger.

Minnesota’s primary seat belt law requires passengers in all seating positions, including the back seat, to be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint.

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