Fall may officially arrive Wednesday September 23, but the OPP’s Fall Seat Belt Campaign continues.
Stats out Tuesday show 42 people, who were not wearing a seat belt, have been killed on OPP patrolled roads so far this year; that’s 8 more fatalities than the same time last year.
And when you take a closer look at the numbers, from the 7th to the 13th of this month, 7 people were killed in crashes, and 6 of them were not wearing their belts.
Drivers can be be charged and face a fine of $240 and 2 demerit points for seat belt infractions.
“Adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in motor vehicle collisions. Yet thousands of adults still do not wear their seat belts on every trip. Not wearing a seat belt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys and at low speeds. We know that enforcement of seat belt laws does make a difference in getting more people to buckle up, so OPP officers will be diligent during this campaign.” – OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Traffic Safety and Operational Support.