Click it or Ticket - Enhanced Enforcement Begins October 8th, 2010 Seat Belt Use in Minnesota
A majority of Minnesotans buckle up, yet each year more than half of the motorists killed in crashes aren’t belted — translating to around 200 deaths and 400-plus serious injuries annually.
Seat belts are the simplest and most effective way to prevent death or injury in a crash — especially on roads plagued with speeding, distracted and impaired drivers.
Seat belts restrain motorists in the vehicle’s designed protective space, giving them room to live in the event of a crash. Seat belts also keep a motorist correctly positioned behind the wheel to help maintain control of a vehicle.
Primary Seat Belt Law
Minnesota's seat belt law is a primary offense, meaning drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or in the correct child restraint.
Law enforcement can stop motorists directly for seat belt violations.
Booster Seat Law
A child cannot use a seat belt alone until they are age 8 or reach 4 feet 9 inches tall -- whichever comes first. It is recommended to keep a child in a booster based on their height, rather than their age.