KIMT News 3 – Law enforcement in Minnesota are preparing for a week of seat belt awareness.
Motorists will see extra patrols as troopers, deputies and city police are all working together to enforce Minnesota’s seat belt policy from March 21-30.
This is in preparation of May’s annual “Click It or Ticket” enforcement campaign.
With more motorists complying with seat belt laws today, area officers say this is an opportunity to help change the culture of seat belt use.
“Starting next week and starting today will be out there focusing on seat belts in Minnesota. For many years now it has been a primary offense, so we can stop cars just for observing a seat belt versus how we used to be years ago where we have to have a moving violation,” said Officer J.D. Carlson of the Albert Lea Police Department.
As an added reminder, all children under age 8 must ride in a federally approved car seat or booster seat, unless the child is four feet, nine inches or taller.