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New Minn. law spurs 10,000 seat belt citations

There are 160 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Nov 4, 2009, titled New Minn. law spurs 10,000 seat belt citations. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Minnesota law enforcers are making full use of a new seat belt law, issuing 10,081 citations during a special crackdown in October.

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Pretty Boy

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Nov 4, 2009
Revenue enhancement pure and simple.
Theresa

Chaska, MN

#2 Nov 4, 2009
Hmmm.. That's about 1 mlillion dollars. Where does that money go?

Since: Aug 09

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Nov 4, 2009
Theresa wrote:
Hmmm.. That's about 1 mlillion dollars. Where does that money go?
To social hand-out programs...just like most of our tax dollars.
Stanley

Minnetonka, MN

#4 Nov 4, 2009
Good revenue source. Why not just buckle up?
Oh, I forgot, it's not macho enough for the folks who make the dumb nanny-state comments.
eastsider

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Nov 4, 2009
$1,108,910.00 in two weeks? I came up with that figure because I am one who received a lovely no seatbelt ticket, luckily mine was in Washington County and was only $110 ($25 fine and $85 in court administration fees-supposedly). I know Ramsey & Hennepin county fines are higher.

The way I see it, as long as motorcyclists don't have to wear a helmet and have the choice to have their head splat open on the pavement, I should have the choice not to wear a seatbelt - be it so that I am not trapped in a crash or to fly through the windshield, it should be my choice as well.

Thanks to my Minnesota government....may all you who voted to pass this law suffer from dry itchy winter skin and someday be trapped in your car or cut in half in an accident by your required seatbelt!

“Celebrate Liberty and Freedom”

Since: Sep 09

Mpls

#6 Nov 4, 2009
eastsider wrote:
$1,108,910.00 in two weeks? I came up with that figure because I am one who received a lovely no seatbelt ticket, luckily mine was in Washington County and was only $110 ($25 fine and $85 in court administration fees-supposedly). I know Ramsey & Hennepin county fines are higher.
The way I see it, as long as motorcyclists don't have to wear a helmet and have the choice to have their head splat open on the pavement, I should have the choice not to wear a seatbelt - be it so that I am not trapped in a crash or to fly through the windshield, it should be my choice as well.
Thanks to my Minnesota government....may all you who voted to pass this law suffer from dry itchy winter skin and someday be trapped in your car or cut in half in an accident by your required seatbelt!
Welcome to Obama's world and democrats

its called Totalitarianism
Jeannie

Mound, MN

#7 Nov 4, 2009
And they say lower deaths are a result of wearing seatbelts. Did they take into consideration that people are not driving as much due to the economy?
I wear my seatbelt but tuck the shoulder strap behind my back because it rubs on my neck or presses on the pacemaker. So do they assume that I'm not wearing a seatbelt when in fact I am?
hasseledin MN

Duluth, MN

#8 Nov 4, 2009
I think it is ridiculous to infer that because the state rousted 10,000 people and pulled them over for no reason except because they were not wearing a seatbelt, saved any lives at all is a pure figment of their imagination. It makes more sense to say the police wrote 10,000, one hundred dollar tickets reducing the state deficit by a cool million. What new law will help raise money next week? If you don't have your visor down when the sun is shining will be another reason to pull you over...because really they will be saving how many people from visor related accidents - at least 30-40.
Unbelted

Buffalo, MN

#9 Nov 4, 2009
And they said this wasn't about money... "We will not be looking for drivers only to stop them for seatbelt violations" What a farse! This whole law and the resulting citations is ONLY about raising funds for police departments and the "overworked and overburdened" courts. Cops suck!
Stanley

Minnetonka, MN

#10 Nov 4, 2009
eastsider wrote:
$1,108,910.00 in two weeks? I came up with that figure because I am one who received a lovely no seatbelt ticket, luckily mine was in Washington County and was only $110 ($25 fine and $85 in court administration fees-supposedly). I know Ramsey & Hennepin county fines are higher.
The way I see it, as long as motorcyclists don't have to wear a helmet and have the choice to have their head splat open on the pavement, I should have the choice not to wear a seatbelt - be it so that I am not trapped in a crash or to fly through the windshield, it should be my choice as well.
Thanks to my Minnesota government....may all you who voted to pass this law suffer from dry itchy winter skin and someday be trapped in your car or cut in half in an accident by your required seatbelt!
It's gonna get expensive for you. Get caught enough and they will take your license away for not following the laws. Then we'll ask, how's that working out for you?Minnesota will eventually add a helmet regulation for motorcycles like most other states. The insurance companies are a very powerful lobby.
MNGwen

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Nov 4, 2009
I don't like seat belts but I wear one every time I get behind the wheel. And it isn't because it is the law. I heard a state trooper once say, "I have never unbuckled a dead man." That's enough for me!
Janice

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Nov 4, 2009
The police are doing a good job. They are trying to keep us safe.
justme

Saint Paul, MN

#13 Nov 4, 2009
MNGwen wrote:
I don't like seat belts but I wear one every time I get behind the wheel. And it isn't because it is the law. I heard a state trooper once say, "I have never unbuckled a dead man." That's enough for me!
then he lied!
GENERATE REVENUE

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Nov 4, 2009
It's clear, yes, safety belts save lives but this is nothing more than a ploy to generate revenue since local government aid is down. It's about dollars, not human safety and that's what's sad.
hasseledin MN

Duluth, MN

#15 Nov 4, 2009
2006 - 2008, 1097 vehicle occupants were killed in crashes and 539 were NOT buckled up." Well, what about the other 558 that were killed in crashes ?? Guess what, they WERE buckled up. So, there were actually more deaths from BELTED DRIVERS !!!!
Stale Meat

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Nov 4, 2009
Motorcycle helmets on drivers cause accidents. They reduce peripheral vision and hearing awareness. They result in tunnel thinking and reduced situational awareness. Over half of the Minnesota motorcyclist fatalities happened to helment wearers. The vast majority of motorcycle deaths are caused by car and truck drivers. The best way to reduce motorcyclist deaths is to make hitting a motorcycle a death penalty offense.
Reed Martin

Minneapolis, MN

#17 Nov 4, 2009
It's pretty simple folks, wear your seat belt and you don't get a ticket. You probably increase your odds of surviving an accident or serious injury, by quite a bit as well.
reality

Saint Paul, MN

#18 Nov 4, 2009
Stale Meat wrote:
Motorcycle helmets on drivers cause accidents. They reduce peripheral vision and hearing awareness. They result in tunnel thinking and reduced situational awareness. Over half of the Minnesota motorcyclist fatalities happened to helment wearers. The vast majority of motorcycle deaths are caused by car and truck drivers. The best way to reduce motorcyclist deaths is to make hitting a motorcycle a death penalty offense.
Well, if they're that dangerous, I would say the best way to reduce motorcyclist deaths is to make driving a motorcycle illegal.
whotoblame

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Nov 4, 2009
I wish they could do something about people talking while driving!
FrankL

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Nov 4, 2009
Yeah how many drivethrus and parking lots are being staked out to capture these scoflaws. Heck I saw one cop handing them out at a boat ramp, guy didn't have his seatbelt on while pulling his boat out of the water. Saved the person from a possible boo-boo.

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