Seatbelt-related fatalities hits 20-year low on provincial roads

This is the type of trend the OPP likes to see!

Seatbelt-related deaths on provincial highways has reached a 20-year low.

Forty-five people were killed in crashes last year because they weren't wearing their seatbelt or they were wearing it improperly.

That's compared to 46 in 2015 and 51 in 2014.

Officers are noticing that it's mostly people riding in the backseat who are refusing to buckle up.

Passengers in the back of vehicles get a misguided sense of safety that makes them believe they don't need a seatbelt.

Cst. Ian Michel says what they have to relaize is, they are not only putting themselves at risk, but other passengers, as well.

"If your vehicle rolls over if you're involved in a collision it's not necessarily injury to you, but it's going to be injuriy to other people. You become a projectile in the vehicle by not wearing a seatbelt so you have to concern yourself with everybody else's safety in the vehicle, as well."

The importance of buckling up isn't just limited to people, pets should be securely fastened too.