Traffic Safety

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One of the ways the Eden Prairie Police Department works to protect and serve the community is through the enforcement of traffic laws. This effort not only keeps the roadways safer for motorists and pedestrians, but also helps to stop criminals and keep unsafe drivers off the roads.

Child Passenger Laws
State law requires that children under eight years of age must use a federally-approved safety or booster seat, unless the child is four feet, nine inches or taller, and infants under one and weighing less than 20 pounds must ride in a rear-facing car seat.

Distracted Driving Laws
It is illegal for drivers of all ages to compose, read, or send electronic messages or access the Internet on a wireless device when the vehicle is in motion or part of traffic. This includes being stopped in traffic or at a light.

Impaired Driving Laws
Minnesota's legal alcohol-concentration driving limit is 0.08 — but motorists can be arrested for DWI at lower levels.

Move Over Law 
When traveling on a road with two or more lanes, drivers must keep over one full lane away from stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights activated — ambulance, fire, law enforcement, street maintenance, and construction vehicles.

Pedestrian Laws 
State law requires motorists to treat every corner and intersection as a crosswalk, whether it’s marked or unmarked, and drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians.

Seatbelt Laws 
State law requires drivers and passengers in all seating positions — including in the backseat — to be buckled up or in the correct child restraint.