Buckle up. It’s a simple request from police, although not everyone does it.
The OPP are launching their annual Fall Seat Belt Campaign on Wednesday, which runs right through to next weekend.
Between 2011 and 2015, the OPP investigated more than 360, 000 fatal and non-fatal highway crashes.
Their data shows 347 people who died were not strapped in.
So far this year, 40 people have lost their lives in crashes where they were not wearing their seat belt.
“Every year, our officers tend to crash victims of all ages who are not buckled in at the time of the collision. More often than not, they die as a result of being ejected, partially ejected or from the physical trauma they sustained inside the vehicle. Fortunately, our officers have also witnessed numerous victims survive their ordeal as a result of being restrained in their seat. Every life is worth the five seconds it takes to buckle up.” – OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support.
“This campaign serves as an important reminder that every driver and adult passenger has a responsibility to buckle up. Drivers are also responsible for ensuring all passengers under the age of 16 are properly restrained. It’s especially important that small children are in approved seat restraints. Buckling up is the law and saves lives in the event of a collision.” – David Orazietti, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services.