MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Four hundred law enforcement agencies in Minnesota will join more than 10,000 agencies nationwide to enforce seatbelt laws and stop preventable deaths and injuries. Of the 878 traffic deaths that occurred from 2009 to 2011, 43% of those who died were not buckled up.
A study recently done by the University of Minnesota says that the state’s primary seatbelt law has resulted in 68 fewer deaths, 320 fewer injuries and $45 million in avoided hospital charges since it was enacted nearly three years ago. The primary 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.