Click It or Ticket Campaign Underway in Minnesota
Today marks the start of another round of the Click It or Ticket campaign in Minnesota. The Owatonna Police Department, along with the Steele County Sheriff's Office and Blooming Prairie Police Department, is joining more than 300 law enforcement agencies in the state in this campaign. Extra enforcement will be out now though June 3 watching for unbelted drivers and riders.
Things to keep in mind include placing all children in a child restraint until they are 4 feet, 9 inches tall or at least age 8. Newborns to at least 1 year old and 20 pounds need to be in rear-facing seats. Toddlers ages 2 to about 4 shoudl be in forward-facing seats. After outgrowing the forward-facing harnessed restraint, children must be in boosters seats until they are 4 fee, 9 inches tall or 8 years old.
As far as kids using only regular seat belts, use them when children can sit with their backs against the vehicle seat and their knees bent comfortably over the edge with their feet touching the floor.
Over the past five years, 527 unbelted motorists have lost their lives. In 2015, 77 percent of vehicle occupants who were ejected or partially ejected and died were not wearing a seat belt.
Make sure you're buckled up because there are now extra sets of eyes out there watching you.