Traffic safety continues to be a Service priority for the TPS. On Monday, October 3, 2016, the Service will be launching the annual fall provincial seat belt campaign: C.R.A.S.H., with a focus on car seats, booster seats and seat belts.
The campaign will start on Monday, October 3, 2016 and conclude on Friday, October 7, 2016. The seat belt campaign has the full support of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and is a combined public awareness and enforcement campaign aimed at getting all drivers and passengers to buckle up. Using seat belts is the single most effective way to reduce vehicle-related injuries and fatalities by ensuring that occupants remain in the vehicle and in their seats.
All police officers will be paying particular attention to the proper restraint of all vehicle occupants including any children. It is estimated that, for every one per cent increase in seat belt use, five lives are saved in Ontario every year. The fall seat belt campaign will focus on drivers who fail to secure children safely. Child car-seat inspection clinics have shown that over 80 per cent of car seats are installed or used incorrectly.
The potential consequences for not using seat belts or not using them correctly are:
– loss of life
– serious injury
– demerit points accumulated against your driver’s licence
– financial costs