Orillia, Ontario – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will begin their Spring Seatbelt Campaign, which runs from April 14 to 24, 2010. The campaign is a partnership of the OPP, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and other road safety partners.

So far in 2010, eleven people have lost their lives in OPP jurisdictions as a result of not wearing their restraints at the time of the crash, and many more were seriously injured. Of the 310 people who died in motor vehicle collisions on highways patrolled by the OPP in 2009, seatbelt non-compliance was a factor in 68 of those deaths.

The OPP will focus their efforts on child restraints during the campaign. A properly-used child booster seat reduces a child’s risk of injury in a crash by as much as 75 per cent, but OPP officers find that many child seats are used incorrectly or are incorrectly installed.

In Ontario, seatbelt non-compliance draws a fine of $235 and two demerit points.

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