Members of DRPS joined other police services on April 13th for a media event to kick off the annual Spring Seatbelt Campaign, which runs until April 23.
Extra police officers will be monitoring roads across Ontario looking for seatbelt infractions. Last year, 89 people not wearing seat belts died in collisions and 4,200 were injured for the same reason on Ontario roads.
The campaign also focuses on child car seats, since most are not installed properly in vehicles.
Officers throughout the Region and Province are always watching for seatbelt violations. During this traffic safety initiative, there will be an increase in directed patrols with officers using zero tolerance for related offences. As a driver or passenger, failure to wear your complete seatbelt assembly or be properly restrained can result in a fine of up to $235 and two demerit points on your driver’s licence.
Traffic collisions remain a leading cause of injury-related death in Ontario, estimated to exact a social cost of $9 billion every year. Please take the time to ensure all occupants in the vehicle are buckled up. Remember “One Person, One Seatbelt”, Bill 148 passed on December 1st 2006 requires every occupant in a motor vehicle to be buckled up properly while travelling in Ontario.
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