Numbers on seat belt citations in Minnesota

Campaign shows seat belt violation numbers

The number of drivers cited for seat belt violations declines for a fifth straight year during the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

Between May 20 and June 20 in 2018, Minnesota law enforcement issued over 4600 seat belt citations and 141 for child seat violations. That’s nearly 2,000 fewer than in 2017 and less than half the number of tickets issued in 2014. Rochester had the second highest number of citations in Greater Minnesota with 188. Duluth led the way with 198 tickets.

Trooper Brett Hayes says, “We’ve got a very high seatbelt compliance rate here in Minnesota, but with that small fraction of people that still choose not to buckle up… they’re still ultimately involved in about one third of our fatal crashes with unrestrained occupants.”

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says a year before the state changed its law to require seat belt use, 152 unbelted motorists were killed. That number dropped to 92 in 2018.

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