In June, police across Saskatchewan wrote a total of 490 tickets for people not using or wearing seatbelts or small passengers who were not properly restrained.
The tickets included:
- 313 tickets for a driver failing to properly use or wear a seatbelt;
- 51 tickets to a passenger failing to properly use or wear a seatbelt;
- 43 tickets for driving with a passenger (under 7 years old) not properly restrained;
- 83 other tickets related to seatbelts and child restraints.
“It is unbelievable that police caught this many people not using or wearing a seatbelt or wearing one improperly in a single month. The evidence is clear: Seatbelts save lives. Not wearing one makes you more likely to die or be seriously injured in a vehicle collision.” SGI said in a news release.
“Vehicles have a protective cage around the occupants to protect them in the event of a serious collision, directing the violent forces around the passenger compartment and away from the people inside,” SGI said.
“Skipping the seatbelt means you could have a violent trip through a windshield and onto the pavement beyond. You’re three times more likely to be killed if you are ejected from a vehicle and 17 times more likely to be ejected if you’re not wearing a seatbelt.”
In addition to the seatbelt tickets, police also reported in June:
- 6,458 tickets for speeding or aggressive driving offences;
- 974 distracted driving tickets including 847 for using a mobile device while driving;
- 447 impaired driving offences with 329 of those charges being Criminal Code offences.
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