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Wear your seatbelt!

Did you know that wearing your seatbelt greatly increases your chance of survival in a car crash?

Why is Wearing Your Seatbelt So Effective?

  • During a crash, seatbelts help to limit the force on the person’s body and prevent injuries
  • Check out this award winning video "Embrace Life - always wear your seatbelt"

Buckle up your seat belt properly!

  • The shoulder belt should be worn closely against the body and over the shoulder and across the chest, never under the arm
  • The lap belt should be firm against the body and low across the hips
  • A seatbelt should never be worn twisted

Did you know that it is illegal to sit 2 people in one seat using one seatbelt?

  • There must be a seatbelt or child car seat for each person in the vehicle
  • If you double up, you risk a fine between $200 and $1,000

Seat Belts and the Law

  • A driver can be charged and face a fine totalling $240 and 2 demerit points for seatbelt infractions

For more information check out the Ministry of Transportation web site.

 
Date of creation: February 28, 2013
Last modified on: February 28, 2013

References

1Seatbelts: Stay Safe and Secure. Retrieved from the Ontario Ministry of Transportation .�Queens Printer for Ontario, 2012. Retrieved from
http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/seatbelt.shtml