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Almost 1,200 charges laid in province-wide seatbelt campaign

By CJ Goater Apr 5, 2024 | 8:30 AM

The Ontario Provincial Police delivered nearly 1,200 seatbelt charges over the Easter long weekend’s province-wide seatbelt campaign.

Drivers who were caught without a seatbelt lost demerit points and were fined, while passengers (who are also required to wear seatbelts) were also delivered fines.

Fines ranging between $240-$1,000 and two demerit points are the standard penalty for the driver.

Although seatbelts were the focus numerous other charges were laid:

  • 6,400 speeding fines
  • 150 stunt driving charges
  • Approximately 140 impaired driving charges
  • 130 distracted driving charges

“As a driver, wearing your seatbelt and ensuring all vehicle occupants are buckled up gives you, your family and other passengers your best chance of surviving a collision and reducing injuries,” said the OPP in a release.

The Easter Long Weekend Seatbelt Campaign ran from March 29 to April 1, 2024.