Aurora, Ontario – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have wrapped up their annual Spring Seatbelt Campaign, increasing their visibility throughout the province to ensure that motorists were wearing seatbelts and that children were properly restrained.

During the campaign, which ran from April 15 to April 26, OPP officers checked more than one million vehicles, laying a total of 7,490 charges against drivers and 2,656 against passengers for not wearing their seatbelts. A further 197 charges were laid against drivers for not having a properly installed or secured child restraint. The OPP reported a total of 56 people injured in collisions for non-seatbelt compliance during the campaign.

“There has been a one-third reduction in charges laid by the OPP comparatively to last year, and although I am hopeful that this campaign is yielding results, it is clear that we still have a lot of work to do,” said Larry Beechey, OPP Deputy Commissioner. “Despite the public’s awareness of this issue, there are still too many people taking needless risks with their lives by not taking the simplest and most effective of safety precautions and buckling up.”

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