The campaign kicked off Sept. 26 and will run until Oct. 13. During this time, OPP officers will increase their visibility throughout the province to ensure that motorists are wearing their seatbelts and that children are properly restrained.
Every day, OPP officers see needless injuries and deaths on our roads that could have been prevented by wearing seatbelts, said a press release.
“Remember, it’s one person; one seatbelt.”
Ontario made the use of child car seats mandatory in 1976. Today, all caregivers — including parents, grandparents and child care providers — are responsible for ensuring that children under age 16 in their care are properly secured with the appropriate child car seat, booster seat or seatbelt.
OPP Staff Sgt. Garry Mills reminds motorists that seatbelt non-compliance draws a fine of $200 and two demerit points.
“In the 36 years since the seatbelt laws came into effect, you would wonder why we still have to have these provincial campaigns. It should be automatic that when you get into a vehicle you buckle up.”