Thousands of Drivers Cited in Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign
Jennifer Lewerenz | Oct 10, 2018 AT 12:24 pm
(KNSI) - The numbers are in for the latest Click it or Ticket sea tbelt enforcement campaign.
More than 300 law enforcement agencies statewide participated in the Click It or Ticket extra enforcement campaign from September 17th through the 29th. During the two-week extra enforcement wave, officers, deputies and troopers reported 4,610 seat belt citations and 140 child seat violations.
In St. Cloud, between the SCPD and State Patrol, 146 seat belt related tickets were given out.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety coordinated the enhanced enforcement and education efforts and provided federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for extra patrols.
Police stopped one driver for his 10th seat belt citation, his fifth seat belt citation in a year. Another officer pulled over a driver for texting who admitted he was using his phone to pay off a seat belt ticket he had received a few weeks prior.
The 2018 Minnesota Seat Belt Survey shows 92 percent compliance for front seat occupants.
Minnesota law states that drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or seated in the correct child safety seat. Officers will stop and ticket unbelted drivers or passengers. Seat belts must be worn correctly — low and snug across the hips, and shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back.
A seat belt ticket is $25 but can cost more than $100 with fees.