Click-It or Ticket enforcement to occur
Seat belt and child restraint violations will be the target of troopers, deputies and city police officers during the annual Click-It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, which runs Monday, May 19 through Sunday, June 1.
About half of the enforcement hours can be expected to be held between 4 p.m. and 1 a.m. Minnesota’s seat belt law is a primary offense, meaning drivers can get stopped for not being appropriately restrained.
Memorial Day will be a main focus time period. From 2009 to 2013, the Memorial Day holiday weekend was the deadliest of the holidays, with at least 31 deaths and more than 2,060 reported crashes.
According to Sgt. Jesse Grabow, regional public information officer, “This is nothing new that we expect from our motorists, and everyone needs to work together to ensure a safer environment on our roadways, especially since we are certain that seat belts save lives.”
Preliminary data provided by the Department of Public Safety’s Office of Traffic Safety shows that in 2013, there were 94 deaths and 247 injuries where the vehicle occupant was not buckled up.
That data also shows deaths of at least two children younger than 8 who were not properly restrained in a car seat; seven more were seriously injured in 2013.
These enforcement and education projects are components of the state’s Toward Zero Death (TZD) initiative. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior.