April 26, 2010
Orillia, Ontario – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have wrapped up their annual Spring Seatbelt Campaign, which ensured that motorists were wearing seatbelts and that children were properly restrained. The campaign ran from April 14 through 24.
This year, officers checked 996,316 vehicles, resulting in a total of 5,611 charges laid against drivers and 1,523 for passengers not wearing their seatbelts. Police laid a further 132 charges against drivers for not having properly installed or secured child restraints.
During the course of the campaign, the OPP reported that 41 people were injured in collisions, and one life was lost, as a result of not wearing the seatbelt on OPP-patrolled roads.