This week and next week EPPD officers will be conducting seat belt enforcement details in Eden Prairie for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Fall Seatbelt Enforcement Wave. The details are part of the Towards Zero Deaths program where we work on a specific traffic safety factor along with our partner agencies, the Airport and the Cities of Bloomington, Edina, Hopkins and Richfield. Funding for the details is provided by the federal government.
Two days ago, we conducted the first detail in Eden Prairie and stopped 53 vehicles. Officers issued the following citations: 13 people for seatbelt violations, two drivers for driving after license revocation, two drivers for speeding, 3 drivers for inattentive driving and one driver for no proof of insurance. The next Eden Prairie detail will take place on Tuesday, September 25. A seat belt violation is a petty misdemeanor with a fine totaling $103.
The good news is that in 2018, a survey showed that 92% of Minnesotans wear seat belts while sitting in the front seat. The bad news is that in 2017 in Minnesota, 78 unbelted motorists died in crashes and 1,215 unbelted motorists sustained life-changing injuries.
Buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash. Please buckle up and insist that everyone in your vehicle do the same.