From now through June 2, nearly 400 law enforcement agencies across the state of Minnesota are participating in the “Click It or Ticket” campaign to encourage motorists and passengers to buckle up. While the EPPD will focus on seatbelt enforcement during the entire two-week campaign, Eden Prairie will conduct specific, large enforcement events in Eden Prairie on May 23 and 30. Officers from four neighboring agencies will also be in Eden Prairie those days working alongside EPPD officers.
The reason for the continued emphasis on seatbelt safety is simple: buckling up is the single most effective way of protecting oneself from injury when riding in a vehicle.
In rollover crashes, unbelted motorists are usually ejected from the vehicle. In most cases, the vehicle will roll over them. Often, unbelted motorists will crack teeth out on steering wheels or break their nose, and even slam into and injure or kill others in the vehicle.
In a crash, odds are six times greater for injury if a motorist is not buckled up.
As a reminder, in Minnesota, drivers and passengers in all seating positions, including in the back seat, are required to be buckled up or seated in the correct child restraint. Officers will stop and ticket unbelted drivers or passengers. Seat belts must be worn correctly — low and snug across the hips; shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back.
Buckle up Eden Prairie!