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“Ask The Chief” is a weekly post allowing readers access to useful information about law enforcement issues in the city of Red Wing. This communication tool has been developed to enhance our community policing efforts by providing residents and visitors with the opportunity to ask questions about local laws, programs, and the Department in general.

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August 19, 2019 - Seat Belt Safety

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 10:34 AM by Kate Berg

August 19, 2019

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Q: I had shoulder surgery, and using the shoulder seat belt is painful. Can I just use the lap seat belt only? 

Image of a man strapping on a seat belt with the words, "I have shoulder pain! Do I have to wear

A: In Minnesota, you are legally required to wear your seat belt, but with every law, there are exemptions. In your situation, a person who is in possession of a written certificate from a licensed physician verifying that because of medical unfitness or physical disability, the person is unable to wear a seat belt would be required. You will be required to provide this written medical certificate to the officer during a traffic stop. 

The Minnesota Driver's Manual reminds us, if you do not wear a seat belt, consider the following:
• Your chances of being killed or injured in a crash are four times greater. 
• It is possible to be killed in a crash when traveling at speeds as low as 12 mph. 
• Seat belts keep occupants from being ejected from the vehicle, in the event of a crash. People who are thrown from vehicles are likely to die or suffer serious injuries 

1. Minnesota State Statute 169.689 Seat Belt, located online at: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/169.686

2. Traffic Safety: Primary Seat Belt Lawhttps://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/laws/Pages/seat-belts.aspx

3. Minnesota Driver's Manual: https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs/forms-documents/Documents/Minnesota_Drivers_Manual.pdf

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