Aurora, Ontario – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has wrapped up the 2011 Spring Seatbelt Campaign, laying 7,553 charges against drivers and passengers for improper seatbelt use.

The annual campaign ran from April 13 to 23, 2011, with officers paying special attention to how children were restrained, including making sure that child safety and booster seats were properly installed and in accordance with the age, height and weight of the children.

OPP officers checked 1,050,329 vehicles, laying a total of 5,622 charges against drivers and 1,791 against passengers for not wearing seatbelts. A total of 140 charges were laid against drivers who did not have a properly installed or secured child restraint.

Over and above the seatbelt campaign results, OPP statistics found that as of March 2011, lack of restraint was a causal factor in almost 900 motor vehicle collision injuries so far this year. Not wearing a seatbelt remains one of the four major causes of death in vehicle collisions, along with speeding, impaired driving and distracted driving.

“People continue to endanger their lives, those of their passengers and even their children by ignoring important seatbelt and child restraint laws,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey. “The motoring public should know that as part of our provincial traffic safety program, the OPP will continue to aggressively enforce traffic safety laws throughout the year, and seatbelt laws will continue to be at the forefront of our award-winning strategy.”

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