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                         Laws of Minnesota 1988 

                        CHAPTER 648-S.F.No. 121 
           An act relating to traffic regulations; clarifying 
          that a child under four is not required to use a seat 
          belt; imposing penalty for failure to wear seat belt; 
          creating an emergency medical services relief account; 
          appropriating money; amending Minnesota Statutes 1986, 
          section 169.686, subdivision 1, and by adding a 
          subdivision. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1986, section 169.686, 
subdivision 1, is amended to read: 
    Subdivision 1.  [SEAT BELT REQUIREMENT.] (a) A properly 
adjusted and fastened seat belt shall be worn by: 
    (1) the driver of a passenger vehicle; 
    (2) a passenger riding in the front seat of a passenger 
vehicle; and 
    (3) a passenger under the age of 11 riding in any seat of a 
passenger vehicle who is older than three but younger than 11 
years of age. 
    A violation of person who is 15 years of age or older and 
who violates clause (1) or (2) of this subdivision shall not 
result in is subject to a fine but is punishable only by a 
safety warning of $10.  A violation of this subdivision may not 
be recorded on the driving record of any person The driver of 
the passenger vehicle in which the violation occurred is subject 
to a $10 fine for a violation of clause (2) or (3) by a child of 
the driver under the age of 15 or any child under the age of 
11.  A peace officer may not issue a citation for a violation of 
this section unless the officer lawfully stopped or detained the 
driver of the motor vehicle for a moving violation other than a 
violation involving motor vehicle equipment.  The department of 
public safety shall not record a violation of this subdivision 
on a person's driving record. 
     Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1986, section 169.686, is 
amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
    Subd. 3.  [APPROPRIATION; SPECIAL ACCOUNT.] One-half of the 
fines collected for a violation of subdivision 1 must be 
deposited in the state treasury and credited to a special 
account to be known as the emergency medical services relief 
account, provided that the total amount of fines deposited in 
the account may not exceed $750,000 per year.  The remaining 
fines must be distributed as provided in statute.  Money in the 
account shall be distributed to the eight regional emergency 
medical services systems designated by the commissioner under 
section 144.8093, for personnel education and training, 
equipment and vehicle purchases, and operational expenses of 
emergency life support transportation services.  The board of 
directors of each emergency medical services region shall 
establish criteria for funding. 
    Sec. 3.  [APPROPRIATION.] 
    $750,000 is appropriated from the emergency medical 
services relief account for the fiscal year ending June 30, 
1989, to the commissioner of health for equal distribution to 
the eight regional emergency medical service systems designated 
by the commissioner under section 144.8093. 
     Sec. 4.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
     Section 1 is effective May 1, 1988. 
    Approved April 26, 1988