Click it or Ticket it!

June 17, 2013 at 8:10 am 1 comment

By Andrew Richter

Now this sure makes me feel safe;

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s “Click it or Ticket” campaign cited 10,342 motorists between May 20 and June 2. Golden Valley police issued 41 tickets for not wearing a seat belt in a motor vehicle during a two-week, statewide Department of Public Safety (DPS) campaign that ended June 2, according to a Monday release.

Oh wow! Way to catch those criminals!!! Maybe next we can go take away unlicensed dogs or hand out more parking tickets!

“With drunk, distracted and aggressive drivers on the road, everyone in the vehicle needs to be buckled up,” Donna Berger, director of the DPS traffic safety office, said in the statement. “The Click It or Ticket campaign encourages motorists to make safe, smart decisions to prevent deaths and injuries.”

So why don’t you go after the “drunk, distracted, and aggressive drivers” then? How many of them are getting away while you hand out seat belt tickets?

Here are some figures provided by the DPS about the risks of driving without a seat belt:

  • There are around 120 unbelted traffic deaths each year in Minnesota.
  • In the last three years in Minnesota (2010–12), there were 852 vehicle occupant traffic deaths, of which 361 (42 percent) were not buckled up.
  • Of the unbelted deaths, 84 percent were in Greater Minnesota and 42 percent were motorists ages 16–29.

Those stats require all these laws and statewide campaigns?

This year’s seat belt campaign caught fewer people than the department’s 2012 effort, which cited 12,639 motorists.

Damn, what are they going to do without that “revenue” from all of us?

Now I know I’ll get attacked here by the soccer moms for not protecting their little Johnny or Sally and by the people who think the government can do anything in the name of safety, but seriously why is it that the police spend more time going after average citizens than real criminals????



Entry filed under: Golden Valley, Hennepin, Safety, Transportation.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. wants2know  |  June 17, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Think about this for a minute folks. Why is it that many of us survived childhood traveling across country in the backseat of a car that had been modified into a platform where we could play and stretch out to sleep. These were cross country trips by the way. Then came the need to make cars smaller and lighter to meet federal fuel standards. This has caused significant loss of life because of them. The newest cars being sold, Fiats and Smart Cars are death traps when they try to compete in heavy traffic with trucks and buses. They make emphasis on seat belt protection silly. Not to mention the fact that seat belts are definitely not one-size-fits-all.

    Someone at or under 5 feet is more likely to suffer life threatening injury because of a shoulder belt or airbag that the crash that triggered their deployment.


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