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MORE THAN 5,000 MOTORISTS TICKETED MIDWAY THROUGH STATEWIDE SEAT BELT ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN


Wed, Oct 20th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - Midway through a statewide increased seat belt enforcement campaign, participating law enforcement agencies have preliminary reported citing 5,196 motorists for seat belt violations. The increased enforcement runs through Oct. 28. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is coordinating the effort that began on Oct. 8.

Nearly 200 of the 400 participating agencies reported mid-enforcement citation totals. A seat belt citation can cost more than $100.

"The focus of the increased belt patrols is to increase seat belt compliance to reduce preventable deaths and life-altering injuries," says Cheri Marti, DPS Office of Traffic Safety director. "A simple way to avoid a ticket is for drivers and passengers to self-enforce the belt law and insist everyone is belted in."

Each year, unbelted motorists account for more than one-half of all vehicle occupants killed. In Minnesota during 2007-2009, more than 1,000 motorists were killed in crashes and only 43 percent were belted. Annually, nearly 80 percent of unbelted traffic deaths occur on Greater Minnesota roads. DPS reports odds are six-times greater for injury if a motorist is not buckled up.

Officers are enforcing the state's primary seat belt law during the campaign, which allows law enforcement to stop and ticket motorists or passengers for belt violations. The campaign also includes enforcement of Minnesota's strengthened child passenger safety law that requires children to be in the correct restraint until they are age 8 or 4 feet 9 inches tall, whichever comes first. This law requires booster seats for children usually starting at age 4; boosters help adult seat belts fit children correctly.

DPS reminds motorists to wear seat belts correctly: belts should be low and snug across the hips; shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back.

The seat belt enforcement is a component of the state's core traffic safety initiative, Toward Zero Deaths (TZD). TZD focuses on the application of four strategic areas to reduce crashes - education, enforcement, engineering and emergency trauma response. The goal of the program is 400 or fewer deaths by the end of 2010. To-date, there have been 328 traffic deaths in Minnesota compared to 335 deaths at this time in 2009.



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MINNESOTA BELT USE RATE CONTINUES TO HIT RECORD LEVELS

Thu, Oct 14th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - Daytime seat belt compliance in Minnesota is at an all-time high of 92 percent, according to a new survey announced today by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. The DPS annual seat belt observa ..... 
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BIG JUMP IN BOOSTER SEAT USE RESULTS IN 1,000 CHILDREN NOT INJURED IN CRASHES IN LAST YEAR

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - Since Minnesota's strengthened child passenger safety law became effective July 1, 2009, crash data reveal a significant increase in booster seats - seat lifts that help adult seat belts fit children properly. The Minnesota Department of P ..... 
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1,775 ARRESTED FOR DWI DURING END-OF-SUMMER CRACKDOWN

Mon, Sep 13th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - An 18-day statewide enhanced DWI enforcement effort, August 20-September 6, resulted in the arrest of 1,775 motorists. Preliminary DWI arrest totals were reported to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety by ..... 
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State hits 20 motorcyclist deaths for the year

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - Motorcyclist fatalities have reached the 20-death mark for the year, according to the preliminary crash reports from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS). This figure is 35 percent lower than the 31 deaths at this time last yea ..... 
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JULY SPEED ENFORCEMENT PULLS OVER 27,638 SPEEDERS

Wed, Aug 11th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports



ST. PAUL - A statewide, July-long extra enforcement of illegal and unsafe speed resulted in 27,638 motorists ticketed. The campaign was coordinated by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. Each year, illega ..... 
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NEW TEXTING AND DRIVING PUBLIC SERVICE CAMPAIGN SHOWCASES "DEADLY THUMBS" AND THE TEXTING "TECHNIQUES"

Wed, Aug 4th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is launching a print and radio public service announcement campaign to educate motorists about the state's two-year-old texting-while-driving law. The campaign suppor ..... 
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BCA selects new breath test instrument vendor

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has entered into a contract to purchase a new fleet of breath testing instruments for use by Minnesota criminal justice agencies.

National Patent Analyt ..... 
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Hennepin Avenue's SEVEN opens its heart and its doors to 2 injured firefighters

Wed, Jul 28th, 2010
Posted in Police Reports

Minneapolis, MN (July 27, 2010) - A shout of "Mayday!" crackled over the scanner - a word every firefighter dreads.

A fiery burst blew out of the roof of the three-story home. Firefighter Jake LaFerriere hung on for life from a window before ..... 
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