Not Wearing Seat Belt a Causal Factor in Three Road Deaths
ORILLIA, ON, Oct. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)
has wrapped up its fall seat belt campaign and has tallied up its
statistics for the annual campaign which ran from September 26 to
October 13, 2013.
Sadly, lack of seat belt use was a factor in three people losing their
lives in road crashes in OPP jurisdictions during this year's
campaign. According to the OPP, fatalities and injuries in which lack
of seat belt use is a factor are among the most preventable of deaths
on highways and roads.
The OPP also reported laying 4,229 seat belt charges throughout the
province during the 18-day campaign. Officers who carried out seat belt
checks and public education in support of the campaign were
disappointed to see so many people still not wearing seat belts in
light of how clear they have been about the role seat belts play in
As part of their campaign, the OPP posted an important YouTube video
about Jennifer Walker who, two days after receiving an OPP warning for
not wearing her seat belt, was involved in a car crash that would have
probably ended her life had she not heeded the officer's warning and
decided to make buckling up part of her driving routine. According to
Jennifer, she was extremely thankful that the officer pulled her over
that day and gave her a warning that she attributes to saving her life.
View video here: http://youtu.be/6oyH0UexsHc
The OPP is reminding the public that while the campaign is over, they
enforce seat belt laws throughout the year in their ongoing efforts to
raise awareness about seat belt use.
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
For more information about Jennifer Walker's story, media may contact Jennifer at (519) 870-7884 or OPP Const. Jamie Stanley, Huron County OPP (on behalf of Const. Ron Young) at (877) 301-9088.
For more information about the Fall Seat Belt Campaign, please call one of the following regional contacts:
Highway Safety Division: Sgt. Dave Woodford Phone: (416) 553-5471
Central Region: Sgt. Peter Leon Phone: (705) 330-3738
East Region: Sgt. Kristine Rae Phone: (613) 285-2750
Northwest Region: Const. Dave Shaw Phone: (807) 229-0220
Northeast Region: Sgt. Carolle Dionne Phone: (705) 845-2738
West Region: Sgt. Dave Rektor Phone: (519) 652-4156