OPP to Conduct Seat Belt Campaign this Long Weekend
Provincial police say deaths related to lack of seat belt use in Ontario have reached a 20-year low.
A total of 45 seat belt-related road fatalities were reported on O-P-P-patrolled roads last year, after the number dipped below the 50 mark for the first time in 2015, with 46 deaths.
That's down from 168 deaths in 1997.
"The evidence that supports the effectiveness of seat belt use remains irrefutable," says OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety & Operational Support.
"The odds of surviving or avoiding serious injuries in a collision are stacked against those who are not restrained in their seat. In exchange for the few seconds it takes to buckle up, you can cross this risk off the checklist of things that threaten your life on the road."
OPP say motorists can still expect to see more officers on the road over the Easter long weekend, making sure drivers and passengers are buckled up and children are safely restrained.