ORILLIA – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reporting 29 seat belt-related road deaths on OPP-patrolled roads so far this year, as they get set to conduct their province-wide Fall Seat Belt Campaign from September 27 to October 6, 2017.
Wearing a seat belt is crucial to surviving a crash, and even one unbuckled vehicle occupant can increase the risk of death and serious injury to other people in the vehicle.
In the event of a frontal collision, an unbuckled back seat passenger becomes a human projectile, placing additional risks on those in the front seat.
“When you are on the road, don’t let anyone in the vehicle – including those in the back seat – convince you that buckling up is a personal choice. As a driver or front seat passenger, even if you are wearing a seatbelt when you crash, you can be struck from behind by unbuckled passengers, making them a significant factor in whether you live or die.” – OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support
“Buckling up saves lives in the event of a collision. Every driver and adult passenger is responsible for wearing a seatbelt. It is also the driver’s responsibility to ensure that all passengers 16 years of age or younger are properly buckled in. It is a small step that saves lives.” – Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
DID YOU KNOW?
- If you are driving, you can face a fine if you or anyone in your vehicle under the age of 16 is not wearing a seat belt or secured in a proper child car seat. If you are convicted, you will:
- be fined between $200 and $1,000
- receive two demerit points – demerit points remain on your driving record
- for two years
- Passengers over the age of 16 are responsible for buckling themselves up.