Annual Fall Seatbelt Campaign Begins
TORONTO, Sept. 21 /CNW/ - The Ministry of Transportation, along with the
Seat Belt Committee of Ontario, the Ontario Provincial Police and police
services across the province, today launched the Fall Seatbelt Campaign.
The campaign is reminding all drivers and passengers to buckle up. Eight
per cent of Ontarians, or close to one million people, do not wear a seatbelt.
Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective thing people can do to protect
themselves and other passengers in motor vehicle collisions. A one per cent
increase in seatbelt use saves five lives.
Everyone riding in a car, van or truck is required to wear a seatbelt.
Under Ontario's 'one person, one seatbelt' law, passengers 16 years and older
who don't wear a seatbelt face a fine of $110. Drivers who fail to ensure
young passengers are properly secured in a seatbelt, booster seats or child
car seats, or who use them incorrectly, face two demerit points plus a $110
The campaign reminds drivers to limit the number of occupants in a
vehicle to the number of seatbelts. Unbelted occupants can become projectiles
during a collision and can seriously injure themselves, other passengers or
the driver. Unbelted vehicle occupants involved in fatal or personal injury
collisions are nearly 28 times more likely to be killed than belted occupants.
A number of child car safety seat information sessions are being
organized across the province to coincide with the Fall Seatbelt Campaign
running September 22 to September 30. Parents and caregivers can also get more
information on proper installation of child car safety seats by logging onto
Ontario's Smart Love website at www.ontario.ca/smartlove, or contacting the
ServiceOntario Transportation Info Line at 1-800-268-4686.
Ontario's road safety partners participating in the Fall Seatbelt
Campaign - police who hold seatbelt safety blitzes, volunteers who conduct
seatbelt surveys and community groups that organize child car safety seat
clinics - are working together to spread the message that seatbelts and child
car safety seats save lives.
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For further information: Media Contacts: Bob Nichols, Communications
Branch, (416) 327-1158; Public Inquiries: (416) 235-4686 (GTA), 1-800-268-4686
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