If you don’t click it, you may get a ticket. Grande Prairie Enforcement Services will be focusing on the use of seatbelts this November as part of the Selected Traffic Enforcement Program.
“Occupant restraints have been studied numerous times [and] every single study comes out overwhelmingly that it’s one of the best ways to reduce injury or even death in a collision,” says Sergeant Ross Gear.
According to the city, research shows that the proper use of a seatbelt can reduce fatal and serious injuries by 45 to 65 per cent, depending on the type of vehicle and seating position.
Along with making sure your seatbelt is done up, Gear says it is also the driver’s responsibility to make sure all passengers under the age of 16 are secured.
“Especially if you have children in the vehicle, by all means, make sure they’re properly restrained and if they’re very young they might have to be in a car seat or even in a baby seat.”
The fine for not using a seatbelt or child safety seat is $155.