Each day Minnesota physicians see the consequences of the approximately 200,000 traffic crashes that happen in the state each year. To help reduce driving injuries and fatalities, the MMA supports efforts to improve driver safety, including:
- Making failure to wear a seatbelt a primary offense. Passed in 2009.
- Expanding Minnesota's child restraint law to require that all children between the ages of 4 to 8 riding in a vehicle be in booster seats. Passed in 2009.
- Advocating that telephones should not be used by drivers except in the case of an emergency
- Establishing a graduated driver licensing program that would restrict the number of teenage passengers allowed in vehicles. Passed in 2008.
- Establishing night time driving restrictions for teen drivers
- Supporting better screening mechanisms to identify at risk drivers
Tools and Resources
"Wake Up and Get Some Sleep"
Counseling Older Drivers
Reporting At-Risk Drivers (state of Minnesota)
MN Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety
Talking Polints: Why booster seats save lives
To get involved, contact grassroots MMA.