Seatbelt Campaign – Buckle Up!
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has issued a news release, Buckle up or face a fine!
The OPP will launch a Spring Seatbelt Campaign April 14 – 22, 2012.
The week long operation will target drivers and occupants who are not buckled up, with particular focus on child restraints. A properly used booster seat can reduce a child’s risk of injury in a crash by as much as 75 percent. However, OPP officers continue to find children in danger because they are not properly strapped in a child car seat or the booster seat is incorrectly installed.e pelvic bones and not directly against the abdomen.
“Children are our future and they deserve every protection we can give them. Please ensure that any child is properly secured while travelling in your vehicle. Their lives depend on it,” said Chris Lewis, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police.
Many of the injuries and deaths on our roads would not occur if everyone in a vehicle were adequately restrained by safety belts. In OPP jurisdictions during the first three months of this year, nine people have died in a collision as a result of not wearing a seatbelt and many more were seriously injured.
Vehicle occupants who are not buckled up can expect to pay a $240 fine and two demerit points. More important, by wearing a seatbelt, unnecessary deaths and injuries can be prevented.
- Seatbelt non-compliance draws a fine of $240 and two demerit points.
- In 2011, 285 people lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions on OPP patrolled roads and in 71 of those deaths, seatbelt non-compliance was a factor.
- In 2011, the OPP laid a total of 29, 471 charges of seatbelt non-compliance, up by 3,847 from 2010.
2011 Traffic Result Highlights:
- A total of 285 people were killed in motor vehicle collisions (MVC) on roads in OPP jurisdiction in 2011, compared to 328 in 2010 (13.1 per cent decrease).
- There were 260 fatal motor vehicle collisions (MVC) in OPP jurisdiction in 2011, compared to 296 in 2010 (12.2 per cent decrease).
- Alcohol was a factor in 55 of the 2011 MVC deaths, compared to 78 in 2010 (29.5 per cent decrease).
- Lack of occupant restraint was a factor in 71 of the 2011 fatalities, compared to 93 in 2010 (23.7 per cent reduction), while speed and distraction-related fatalities were only down slightly in 2011 from 2010.
- The OPP saw an increase in pedestrian deaths, with 29 pedestrians being killed in 2011, compared to 31 in 2010 (38.1 per cent increase).
- A total of 22 people died in marine incidents last year on OPP-patrolled waterways, compared to 28 in 2010 (21.4 per cent decrease).
- There were 15 snowmobile fatalities in 2011, compared to 25 in 2010 (40.0 per cent decrease).
- A total of 14 off-road vehicle (ORV) deaths occurred in 2011, compared to 17 in 2010 (17.6 per cent decrease).
- The OPP laid a total of 610,390 charges on roads, waterways and trails in OPP jurisdiction in 2011, compared to 612, 419 charges in 2010 (0.3 per cent decrease).