October 2, 2007

Ontario Provincial Police wrap up seatbelt campaign after checking over 800,000 vehicles

Orillia, Ontario – Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have wrapped up a nine-day, province-wide seatbelt initiative after checking 832,058 vehicles. Over the duration of the program, there were three fatalities where non-compliance with seatbelt use was a factor.

The OPP reports that to date in 2007, 97 of the 351 people killed in collisions on roads patrolled by the OPP were not wearing seatbelts, a 32.9 per cent increase over the same time period in 2006. The fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $110 and two demerit points for drivers.

“While the results of the seatbelt initiative are encouraging, it’s disappointing to see that so many people are still refusing to buckle up,” says OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino. “Officers charged 7,427 drivers and 2,935 passengers for not wearing their seatbelts. They also laid 365 charges for child seatbelt offenses. That’s unacceptable, especially since buckling up is a quick and easy act that could save your life in a serious crash.”

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