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    Laws of Minnesota 1993 

                         CHAPTER 74-H.F.No. 477 
           An act relating to traffic regulations; increasing the 
          fine for child passenger restraint system violations; 
          amending Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 169.685, 
          subdivision 5. 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
    Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1992, section 169.685, 
subdivision 5, is amended to read: 
    Subd. 5.  [VIOLATION; PENALTY.] (a) Every motor vehicle 
operator, when transporting a child under the age of four on the 
streets and highways of this state in a motor vehicle equipped 
with factory-installed seat belts, shall equip and install for 
use in the motor vehicle, according to the manufacturer's 
instructions, a child passenger restraint system meeting federal 
motor vehicle safety standards.  
    (b) No motor vehicle operator who is operating a motor 
vehicle on the streets and highways of this state may transport 
a child under the age of four 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.  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 $25 $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 operator.  
     Sec. 2.  [EFFECTIVE DATE.] 
     Section 1 is effective for violations that occur on or 
after August 1, 1993. 
    Presented to the governor April 30, 1993 
    Signed by the governor May 3, 1993, 4:20 p.m.