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Ontario Provincial Police running weekend seatbelt campaign

By CJ Goater Mar 27, 2024 | 3:53 PM

The Ontario Provincial Police is reminding everyone to buckle up during car rides on their long weekend travels.

The OPP will be out enforcing a seatbelt safety campaign for the Easter long weekend.

“Attending the scene of a fatal collision is one of the most difficult calls for service that our frontline officers and emergency partners respond to. More often than not, if seatbelts had been worn, lives would have been saved,” explained OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique. “Wearing a seatbelt and ensuring children are properly restrained gives you and your family the best chance of surviving and reducing injuries if you are involved in a collision. Please buckle up.”

In 2023, the OPP handed out almost 10,000 seatbelt charges, and 67 fatalities on OPP-patrolled roads were attributed to seatbelts not being worn.

“Seatbelts save lives. As we head into the long weekend, I encourage everyone to buckle up to keep themselves and their families safe. The decision to wear a seatbelt can be the difference between life and death,” said Ontario Solicitor General Michael Kerzner