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12,639 unbelted motorists ticketed during Click it or Ticket campaign


Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL — A statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign, May 21–June 3, resulted in 12,639 motorists cited for not wearing seat belts, according to preliminary results from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

In the last three years in Minnesota, (2009–2011), there were 878 motorist traffic deaths of which 377 (43 percent) were not buckled up. Of the unbelted deaths, 179 (48 percent) of the victims were age 30 or younger and 80 percent occurred outside the seven-county Twin Cities’ area.

Campaign results were reported by 313 agencies. An additional 301 citations were issued for child passenger safety seat violations, including for booster seats. Booster seats are the law for children who have outgrown a forward-facing restraint, for use until age 8 or 4 feet 9 inches tall, whichever comes first. Boosters raise children up so seat belts fit properly.

“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.”

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. Officers will stop and ticket unbelted drivers or passengers. Seat belts must be worn correctly — low and snug across the hips; shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back.

About the Office of

Traffic Safety

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) designs, implements, and coordinates federally funded traffic safety enforcement and education programs to improve driver behaviors and reduce the deaths and serious injuries that occur on Minnesota roads. OTS also administers state funds for the motorcycle safety program and for the child seats for needy families program. OTS is an anchoring partner of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths traffic safety initiative.

Recent OTS Activity

OTS released a study conducted by the University of Minnesota that found the primary seat belt law has resulted in 68 fewer deaths since the law was enacted nearly three years ago.

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Greg Davids wraps up legislative session, looks ahead to election

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Greg Davids recently finished up his two-year term as the Republican Representative from District 31B in Minnesota, and is running for re-election this fall. While many politicians were working on the Vikings Stadium issue, Davids, who is the Chairp ..... 
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OPEN SEASON ON IMPAIRED ROAD TURKEYS DECLARED DURING THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

Tue, Nov 22nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Heightened Enforcement Focus in Twin Cities on Holiday Eve and Weekend



ST. PAUL - Added servings of DWI enforcement will be dished out in the Twin Cities during Thanksgiving - historically one of the year's deadliest holiday t ..... 
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Science & Technology Authority Awards Grant for Internship Program

Tue, Nov 22nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The Minnesota Science & Technology Authority (MnSTA) has awarded a $129,000 grant to the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) to administer internships for 40 college students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines ..... 
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MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS EARLY IN 2011

Thu, Oct 27th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





Medicare Open Enrollment season has begun. If that seems a bit early to you - you're right. This year the Open Enrollment period begins and ends early (Oct. 15th - Dec. 7th). In previous years the enrollment period began closer to No ..... 
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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOUTH IN CORRECTION FACILITIES AND MAINSTREAM SCHOOLS HIGHLIGHTED IN REPORT

Mon, Sep 26th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL - Differences between Minnesota youth in correctional facilities and mainstream schools are detailed in Youth in Minnesota Correctional Facilities, a report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (O ..... 
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Sprinkler systems help stop 81 fires in 2010

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

SPRINKLER SYSTEMS HELP STOP 81 FIRES IN 2010

Numbers Illustrate How Sprinklers Save Lives and Property



ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) today announced that 81 building fi ..... 
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Root River Bike Trail update

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

Until the middle of July the only bridge being worked on is the big confluence bridge about 1.5 miles north of Lanesboro. The bridge is closed to trail users from 7am-6pm Mon- Fri, EXCEPT for this week where no bridge work will be done between Thurs ..... 
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Small-Business Owners Speak Out Against Dayton Tax Plan

Wed, Jun 29th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST.PAUL, Minn., June 28, 2011- Today, leaders of the National Federation of Independent Business, the state's largest business group in terms of entities with approximately 12,000 members statewide, held a press conference to oppose the large ..... 
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