More than 1,000 students were educated about seatbelt safety during the Provincial Fall Seatbelt Safety Campaign from October 1st – 12th.
Officers from the Traffic Services Branch attended local high schools during the lunch periods and educated drivers and passengers about the consequences of not wearing their seatbelts.
Police issued 215 tickets to those not obeying the seatbelt law.
Twice a year, the Ministry of Transportation creates an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of wearing seatbelts, child restraints and road user safety.
This year's campaign theme is “The 95 Per Cent Challenge” – an effort to raise overall Ontario seatbelt use from 93.4 per cent to 95 per cent. A one per cent increase would save five lives.
Traffic Collisions remain a leading cause of injury-related death in Ontario, estimated to exact a social cost of $9 billion every year. The DRPS and the Traffic Services Branch remind motorists to take the time to ensure that all occupants are safely buckled in.
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