Give Yourself the Gift of Survival by Buckling Up Every Time
AURORA, ON, April 8 /CNW/ - It's been 35 years since seat belt laws came
into effect in Ontario (1976), and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
are as committed as ever to seat belt compliance as they get set to
launch the 2011 Spring Seatbelt Campaign.
The province-wide campaign will run from April 13 - 23, 2011. During
that time, the OPP will be stepping up enforcement throughout the
province to ensure that motorists and passengers buckle up.
Using a seat belt is the single most effective way to reduce the chance
of injury or death in a motor vehicle collision. Yet tragically,
countless fatalities and injuries relating to seat belt use have
continued to occur needlessly each year over the past 35 years.
Last year (2010) on OPP patrolled roadways, 89 people lost their lives
in collisions in which lack of seatbelt use was a causal factor and
4,200 people were injured for the same reason.
So far this year (2011), 7 people have died in collisions in which lack
of seatbelt use was a causal factor and 855 have been seriously
injured. Compared to this same time last year, 13 died and 913 were
The OPP will be focusing their efforts on child restraints during this
campaign to raise awareness about the need to properly restrain
children in a vehicle. A properly used child seat reduces a child's
risk of injury in a crash by as much as 75 per cent, yet many child car
seats are incorrectly used or improperly installed.
When used correctly, a booster seat provides 60 per cent more protection
than a seatbelt alone. In a collision, children using seatbelts
instead of booster seats are three and a half times more likely to
suffer significant injury, and four times more likely to suffer head
injury. OPP detachments regularly run child car-seat safety clinics
and the OPP are encouraging everyone to contact their local OPP
Detachment or their local police service for more information.
"In 1976 Ontario became the first province to require all drivers and
passengers to wear a seat belt. After all these years OPP officers
across this province are just as committed to ensuring that occupants
buckle up", said OPP Deputy Commissioner Larry Beechey, Provincial
Commander, Traffic Safety & Operational Support.
Make sure you do your part as a driver. Buckle up first and then make
sure all your passengers and children are properly secured.
A driver who is not wearing a seatbelt is over 40 times more likely to
be killed in a crash than one who is properly buckled.
The annual Spring Seatbelt Campaign is a partnership between the OPP,
Ontario Police Services, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and
other road safety partners.
For more information about Seat Belt Laws, go to: Ontario Law on Seatbelt Compliance
For more information about proper child restraints, go to: Ontario.ca Smart Love
For OPP information on Driver Safety tips go to: OPP.CA/ Driver Safety Tips
SOURCE Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Contacts by OPP Region:
| Highway Safety Division: || || || Sergeant Dave Woodford || || || Phone: (416) 553-5471 |
| Central Region: || || || Constable Peter Leon || || || Phone: (705) 329-7414 |
| Eastern Region: || || || Constable Peter Robertson || || || Phone: (613) 534-2223 |
| Northeast Region: || || || Inspector Mark Andrews || || || Phone: (705) 471-0704 |
| Northwest Region: || || || Sergeant Shelley Garr || || || Phone: (807) 473-2734 |
| Western Region: || || || Sergeant Dave Rektor || || || Phone: (519) 652-4156 |