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Click It or Ticket campaign underway

BEMIDJI--The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and Bemidji Police Department, along with more than 300 law enforcement agencies across the state, will participate in the Click It or Ticket campaign through Saturday, Sept. 29.

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BEMIDJI-The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and Bemidji Police Department, along with more than 300 law enforcement agencies across the state, will participate in the Click It or Ticket campaign through Saturday, Sept. 29.

The Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement and education is a component of the state's Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program. A primary vision of the TZD program is to create a safe driving culture in Minnesota in which motorists support a goal of zero road fatalities by practicing and promoting safe and smart driving behavior, a press release said.

According to Minnesota law, drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be either buckled 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, and shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back, the release said.

In Minnesota, all children must be in a child restraint until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall, or at

least age 8, whichever comes first. All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat until they have reached the height and weight limits allowed by the car seat manufacturer. It is safest to keep children rear-facing up to the maximum weight limit of the car seat.

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Toddlers and preschoolers who have reached the height and weight limits of the rear-facing car seat should use a forward-facing seat with harness until they reach the weight limit of the harness allowed by the car seat manufacturer.

For school-age children who have reached the height and weight limits of the forward-facing seat, the booster must be used with a lap and shoulder belt.

It is recommended to keep a child in a booster seat based on their size rather than their age. Children are ready for an adult seat belt when they can sit with their back against the vehicle seat, knees bent comfortably and completely over the vehicle seat edge without slouching, and with their feet touching the floor.

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