OPP Conducts Seat Belt Campaign over Easter Weekend

March 30, 2018 by

SeatbeltThe OPP has laid 257,475 seat belt charges over the last ten years, with 25 to 34 year-olds being issued more charges (63,846) than any other demographic. Drivers and passengers aged 35 to 44 come in second with 50,863 charges and 45 to 54 year-olds are right behind with 50,488 charges.

OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander of Traffic Safety and Operational Support stated in a release, "Last year ended tragically for 49 people who died after being involved in collisions and were not safely buckled in at the time. Failure to wear or properly wear a seat belt has contributed to 639 deaths on OPP-patrolled roads in the last ten years. As a driver or passenger, it's important to respect the lifesaving value of a seat belt and the proven fact that the best position to be in during a crash is securely fastened in your seat."

Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services added, "All motor vehicle drivers and passengers must wear a seat belt. If you are the driver, you must also ensure that all passengers aged 16 or under wear a seat belt or are properly secured in an appropriate child car seat. After a collision is too late -- take a few moments and buckle up before starting your vehicle. It could save a life."


  • Seat belts worn correctly can reduce the chances of death and serious injuries in a collision by approximately 50 per cent. (Transport Canada)
  • Air bags are designed to work with seat belts, not replace them. If you are unbuckled, you could be thrown into an opening airbag and be injured or killed.