Department of Public Safety releases results of seat belt enforcement

More than 300 agencies across Minnesota participated in the two-week enforcement wave.

Posted: Oct 10, 2018 4:07 PM
Updated: Oct 10, 2018 10:50 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The results are in after a two-week seat belt enforcement in Minnesota.

According to the Department of Public Safety, more than 300 law enforcement agencies participated Sept. 17-29.

In that time, authorities reported 4,610 seat belt citations and 140 child seat violations.

Rochester, alone, saw 105 violations.

Jerry Smidt, of Rochester, tells KIMT he always tries to wear his seat belt. However, he wasn’t always like that.

“When I ride a motorcycle I don't wear a helmet,” Smidt said, “and I thought it should be a personal choice, but it's safer to use it. You know, it just makes sense to use it.”

Minnesota law states that drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up, or seated in the correct child safety seat.

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