Seat belts save lives.
That message is being reinforced this week as the Toronto Police Service launches its annual fall provincial seatbelt campaign – C.R.A.S.H – with a focus on car seats, booster seats and seatbelts.
The campaign runs from October 3-7.
Constable Clint Stibbe of Traffic Services said that there should be no second thought when it comes to wearing a seatbelt and making sure that all vehicle occupants are restrained.
“Unfortunately, the number of people still operating vehicles without wearing seatbelts is costing lives,” he said. “This year, we saw a triple fatality where three people were thrown from a vehicle after a collision. Their lives, likely, would have been saved if they were wearing seatbelts. These kinds of situations are completely preventable.”
Loss of life, serious injury, demerit points and financial costs are some of the potential consequences for not using seatbelts and not wearing them properly.
“It just takes a few seconds to make the right decision,” added Stibbe. “Obeying the laws, wearing a seatbelt and reducing speed will certainly help.”
The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police is supporting the seatbelt awareness and enforcement campaign, aimed at getting all drivers and passengers to buckle up.