Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is everyone's responsibility. By practising the following personal and property safety tips, you can help reduce the incidents of crime and keep your community safe.
Wearing a Seat Belt
Even though buckling up is the law, many choose to still ignore it. By not wearing a seat belt, drivers put themselves at risk of being ejected out of the car. This cam results in death. Many people have excuses for not wearing a seat belt such as, “I am just going to the corner store,” “I am a good driver, I don’t need to wear it,” “I find seat belts uncomfortable,” or “I am afraid to get trapped in my car if I am in an accident.”
How to Wear a Seat Belt Properly
• Always one person to a seat belt
• The shoulder strap should be worn close to the body across the chest. It should never be worn under the arm. The lower strap should rest against the hips firmly.
• Air bags do not replace the use of a seat belt. They do not protect the driver from being thrown from the car.
• Drivers must ensure that anyone under the age of 16 must wear a seat belt. If the driver fails to do so he/she will be held responsible.
• If a seat belt is not worn there is a fine between $60 and $500 and a loss of two demerit points.
• Children must ride in an appropriate booster seat for their age, weight and height.
• When a child turns eight, weighs at least 80 lb. or is at least 145 cm tall, then he/she is able to use a seat belt rather than a booster seat.
Stats and Facts
• For every one per cent increase in seat belt usage, five lives in Canada are saved, according to Transport Canada.
• Since seat belts have become mandatory, the amount of victims killed in collisions in Ontario has dropped.
• 92 per cent of Ontarians wear seat belts regularly.