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 Ortonville Police Department Announces Click It Or Ticket Enforcement Effort Results

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PostSubject: Ortonville Police Department Announces Click It Or Ticket Enforcement Effort Results   Thu Nov 12, 2009 9:47 pm

During the statewide Click It or Ticket enforcement effort, Oct. 9–22, More than 400 law enforcement agencies statewide participated in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) enforcement effort aimed at increasing seat belt and child restraint use among Minnesota motorists. Each year in Minnesota, 200 unbelted motorists are killed in crashes and more than 400 are seriously injured. During this enforcement period the Ortonville Police Department officers found everyone wearing a seatbelt during their traffic stops.

The October campaign was the first statewide seat belt enforcement effort since Minnesota’s primary seat belt law became effective on June 9. The primary law requires passengers in all seating positions — including the back seat — to be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint. Law enforcement officers can stop and ticket motorists solely for seat belt violations, including unbelted passengers. A seat belt citation is $25 but can run as much as $115 with court and administrative fees

Special nighttime belt patrols were also conducted during the campaign. Officers focused on nighttime patrols to combat a disproportionate number of unbelted traffic deaths during nighttime hours. During 2006–2008, 64 percent of nighttime (9 p.m. – 3 a.m.) fatal crash victims were not wearing seat belts.

“Enforcing seat belt use is something everyone can do just by speaking up and insisting your passengers are belted,” says Chief of Police Jason Mork. “We would much rather see that you and your passengers are buckled up before you hit the road, than meet up with you later to issue you a ticket for not wearing your seat belt.”

In the last three years (2006–2008) in Big Stone County, one motorist died and was unbelted — and another three were seriously injured. The estimated economic impact of unbelted deaths and serious injuries in Big Stone County during this period was $1,400,500. Statewide during this period, 1,097 motorists were killed in crashes — 539 were unbelted — and another 1,152 unbelted motorists were seriously injured.

The Click It or Ticket enforcement effort is a component of the state’s Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) initiative. TZD is a multi-agency approach to address traffic issues regionally through enforcement, education, engineering and emergency trauma care.

Buckle Up — Click It or Ticket.
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