OPP hitting the road this weekend for seatbelt safety campaign

The OPP will be hitting road over the Easter long weekend for a seatbelt safety campaign.

A 10-year data trend analysis they conducted has revealed that 24 per cent of people killed on OPP-patrolled roads were not wearing a seat belt.

“The data means that of the 2,483 vehicle occupants who died in collisions between 2009 and 2018, 594 of them were not restrained in the vehicle. Lack of seat belt use has been a factor in 10 of the 47 deaths in road collisions so far this year,” reads a media release.

“As a driver or passenger, you can do more than just buckle up. Before you head out on the road, look beyond your own seat belt. If anyone in the vehicle is not wearing one, ask them to buckle up for everyone’s safety. Remind them that during a collision, unrestrained vehicle occupants may become human projectiles and pose an additional threat to other people in the vehicle, even those who are wearing a seat belt,” added OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique.

The campaign runs from April 19 to 22 and serves as a reminder of the important role drivers and passengers play in reducing the number of seat belt-related deaths.

“Every time you step into a vehicle, take those first few seconds to buckle up. It’s simple – wearing a seatbelt can prevent unnecessary injuries and deaths in the event of a serious collision. By buckling up and ensuring children are properly secured, you are protecting yourself and your family,” added Solicitor General Sylvia Jones.

“Seatbelts save lives and I urge all drivers and passengers to buckle up and ensure children are in the appropriate child car seat, or booster seat for their age, height and weight every time they get into a vehicle,” added Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek.

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