March 1, 2006

More Canadians than ever using seatbelts

Ottawa, Ontario – The number of vehicle occupants using seatbelts across Canada has risen almost four per cent over the past year to 90.5 per cent, according to a 2004-2005 survey by Transport Canada. The rate of seatbelt usage for all occupants is 86.9 per cent in rural areas, and 91.1 per cent in urban areas; the survey included all light duty vehicles, including passenger cars, pickup trucks, minivans and SUVs.

Transport Canada conducted the survey in support of the National Occupant Restraint Program 2010, which aims to achieve a minimum of 95 per cent seatbelt usage and proper use of child restraints by 2010.

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