*VIDEO! – OPP! Buckle up knuckle… heads

OPP REPORTS

By Terrance Gavan – Editor

Don’t worry about doing up that seatbelt folks.

I mean, what the hay. It takes like 1.5 seconds and will save your life.

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Buckle up peeps or you may be paying a $240 fine. File Photo/ OPP

But you’re busy. They’re constricting and… 1.5 seconds?

Man on man! Who’s got that kind of time to waste in the hurl and burl of the day to day huckle to buckle?

Well, some incentive is coming from our friendly neighborhood boys in blue. They’re launching their yearly seatbelt campaign and just so’s you know.

The fine for non-compliance is a hefty $240.

“The OPP will launch a Spring Seatbelt Campaign from April 14 to 22,” says local spokesperson CST Sandy Adams.

The week long operation will target drivers and occupants who are not buckled up, with particular focus on child restraints.  A properly used booster seat can reduce a child’s risk of injury in a crash by as much as 75 percent.  However, OPP officers continue to find children in danger because they are not properly strapped in a child car seat or the booster seat is incorrectly installed.

“Children are our future and they deserve every protection we can give them. Please ensure that any child is properly secured while travelling in your vehicle. Their lives depend on it,” said Chris Lewis, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police.

Many of the injuries and deaths on our roads would not occur if everyone in a vehicle were adequately restrained by safety belts.  In OPP jurisdictions during the first three months of this year, nine people have died in a collision as a result of not wearing a seatbelt and many more were seriously injured.

Vehicle occupants who are not buckled up can expect to pay a $240 fine and two demerit points.  More important, by wearing a seatbelt, unnecessary deaths and injuries can be prevented.

QUICK FACTS

  • Seatbelt non-compliance draws a fine of $240 and two demerit points.
  • In 2011, 285 people lost their lives in motor vehicle collisions on OPP patrolled roads and in 71 of those deaths, seatbelt non-compliance was a factor.
  • In 2011, the OPP laid a total of 29, 471 charges of seatbelt non-compliance, up by 3,847 from 2010.
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