as introduced - 91st Legislature (2019 - 2020) Posted on 02/27/2020 04:05pm
A bill for an act
relating to transportation; amending requirements on use of child passenger restraint
systems; amending Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 169.685, subdivision 5.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2018, section 169.685, subdivision 5, is amended to read:
(a) deleted text beginEvery motor vehicle operator,deleted text end When
transporting a child who is both under the age of eight and shorter than four feet nine inches
on the streets and highways of this state deleted text beginindeleted text endnew text beginnew text end a motor vehicle equipped with
factory-installed seat beltsdeleted text begin, shall equip and install for use in the motor vehicle, according
to the manufacturer's instructions,deleted text endnew text beginnew text end a child passenger restraint
system deleted text beginmeeting federal motor vehicle safety standardsdeleted text end.
(b) deleted text beginNo motor vehicle operator who is operating a motor vehicle on the streets and
highways of this state may transport a child who is both under the age of eight and shorter
than four feet nine inches in a seat of a motor vehicle equipped with a factory-installed seat
belt, unless the child is properly fastened in the child passenger restraint system.deleted text endnew text beginnew text end
new text begin new text end
new text beginnew text end Any motor vehicle operator who violates this subdivision is guilty of a petty
misdemeanor and may be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $50. The fine may be
waived or the amount reduced if the motor vehicle operator produces evidence that within
14 days after the date of the violation a child passenger restraint system meeting federal
motor vehicle safety standards was purchased or obtained for the exclusive use of the
deleted text begin (c)deleted text endnew text beginnew text end At the time of issuance of a citation under this subdivision, a peace officer may
provide to the violator information on obtaining a free or low-cost child passenger restraint
deleted text begin (d)deleted text endnew text beginnew text end The fines collected for violations of this subdivision must be deposited in the
state treasury and credited to a special account to be known as the Minnesota child passenger
restraint and education account.
deleted text begin (e)deleted text endnew text beginnew text end For the purposes of this section, "child passenger restraint system" means any
device that meets the standards of the United States Department of Transportation; is designed
to restrain, seat, or position children; and includes a booster seat.