Safe Roads

The majority of Minnesotans buckle up, yet each year more than half of the motorists killed in crashes aren’t belted — translating to around 200 deaths and 400-plus serious injuries annually. Seat belts are the simplest and most effective way to prevent death or injury in a crash — especially on roads plagued with speeding, distracted and impaired drivers. 
Seat belts restrain motorists in the vehicle’s designed protective space, giving them room to live in the event of a crash.   Seat belts also keep a motorist correctly positioned behind the wheel to help maintain control of a vehicle. 
Watch the ROOM TO LIVE video below. 

New video Explains Minnesota's Teen Driving Laws 
Produced by the National Safety Council for the Minnesota Safety Council's Teen Safe Driving Coalition, the GDL Made Simple video highlights Minnesota's Graduated Driver's License laws.

GDL Made Simple: Minnesota from Incendia Creative on Vimeo.

The number one cause of death for teens is Car Crashes.  It takes 3-5 years to become an experienced driver.  Your obligations to your teen are to go above and beyond to teach your teen safe driving.  Below is a family's moving story about how they lost their son to a car crash. 

Fasten Your Seat Belts — Primary Seat Belt Law Effective
Minnesota’s seat belt law is a primary offense, meaning drivers and passengers in all seating positions must be buckled up or in the correct child restraint.
Law enforcement will stop and ticket motorists for seat belt violations, including unbelted passengers. A seat belt violation can cost more than $100.

Seat belt enforcement of this law begins with the motorist — speak up and insist passengers are buckled up.

If you are interested in helping make Minnesota roadways safer, consider joining the Safe Communities Coalition.  It is open to everyone.  While we focus on involvement of individuals from the four "E's"...Education, Enforcement, Engineering and Emergency Services, we also need community members. 

Please contact Priscilla at 507-434-7550 if you are interested in joining the coalition!

Seat Belt Tips

  • Always buckle up — and insist passengers are belted, too. In a crash, unbelted motorists can slam into and injure or kill others inside a vehicle.
  • Wear lap belts low and snug across the hips; shoulder straps should never be tucked under an arm or behind the back — not only is this unsafe, it is illegal.
  • Children under age 13 should always ride in the back seat. Kids under 4-feet 9-inches should be in a booster seat.
  • Pregnant women should wear the lap belt under the stomach, as low on the hips as possible and against the upper thighs. The shoulder belt should rest between the breasts.
Airbags are designed to work with seat belts to keep vehicle occupants in a safe position during a crash — airbags are not effective when the motorist is not belted.

Information for Parents of Teen Drivers 

For more information and tips for driving safely with your teen, check out The Office of Traffic Safety Teen Driving Page.

For more information on Minnesota Statutes specific to graduated licenses, visit
Minnesota State Legislation.

Click here for a Teen Driver Contract and Driving Log

Need an insurance quote for your new driver, check out AAA Car Insurance Quotes

You have the right to legally take away your child's graduated license.  To do so, Fill out this form and return to your local DMV.

To talk with a parenting specialist about the challenges in child raising,
 call the toll-free Parent WarmLine at
1-888-584-2204/Línea de Apoyo at 1-877-434-9528. 
For free emergency child care call Crisis Nursery at 1-877-434-9599.