Posted: Friday, 01 November 2013 6:40AM
Seat Belt Citations Over 8,200
MANKATO (TEC News), November 1 – During the ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety cited close to 8,300 people in the state of Minnesota for not wearing their seat belts.
Minnesota Seat Belt Statistics (2010–2012) — 361 Unbelted Deaths
Unbelted motorists continue to represent a significant amount of Minnesota’s traffic fatalities, especially in Greater Minnesota. In the last three years on Minnesota roads (2010-2012):
· 852 motorists died in crashes, of which 361 (42 percent) were not buckled up.
· 171 (49 percent) of the 361 unbelted deaths were motorists ages 16–29.
· 302 (84 percent) of the 361 unbelted deaths occurred outside the seven-county Twin Cities metro area.
Minnesota Child Car Seat Law and Steps
Minnesota statute requires children under age 8 to ride in a federally approved car seat or booster, unless the child is 4 feet 9 inches or taller. Here are the restraint steps a child should progress through as they age and grow:
· Rear-facing infant seats — Newborns to at least 1 year and 20 pounds; recommended up to age 2. It is safest to keep a child rear-facing as long as possible.
· Forward-facing toddler seats — Age 2 until the child has outgrown the size/weight limit. Keep a child in this restraint as long as possible.
· Booster seats — Use once outgrown a forward-facing harnessed restraint; safest to remain in a booster until 4 feet 9 inches tall, or at least age 8. Boosters help seat belts fit properly and are the law in Minnesota.
· Seat belts — A child is ready for an adult seat belt when they can sit with their back against the vehicle seat, knees bent comfortably and completely over the vehicle seat edge without slouching, and feet touching the floor. Children 4 feet 9 inches tall or taller can correctly fit in a lap/shoulder belt.