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Seat Belts And Child Safety Seats Save Lives

McGuinty Government Encourages All Ontarians To Buckle Up

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is launching its annual Seatbelt Campaign to remind drivers and passengers to buckle up and to make sure children are safe and secure in the appropriate child safety seat.

The Ontario government, along with police, fire and emergency services, community safety groups, health care and injury professionals across the province are reminding drivers that seatbelts and child safety seats save lives. The campaign, which includes a series of child safety seat inspection clinics, seatbelt blitzes and other educational activities, runs from April 14 to 24, 2010.

Nearly one third of all passengers killed in traffic collisions in Ontario were not wearing seatbelts.  Ontario's one-person one-seatbelt law requires every occupant in a motor vehicle to buckle up properly. It is also mandatory for anyone transporting children under age 16 to ensure they are properly secured in the appropriate child safety seat or seatbelt.  

Quick Facts

  • A correctly used child safety seat can reduce the chance of injury or death by 75 per cent.
  • Only 34 per cent of children between the ages of four and eight are properly secured in booster/child seat the rest are using seatbelts. In a collision, those children who should still be using a booster seat are three-and-a-half times more likely to suffer significant injury, and four times more likely to suffer head injury.
  • All caregivers from grandparents to babysitters are responsible for ensuring that any child in their care up to age eight is properly secured.
  • Drivers are responsible for ensuring passengers under the age of 16 are buckled up.

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“Keeping our children safe is our top priority. Together with our safety partners we will continue to remind drivers about the importance of buckling up and making sure our children are properly secured in their child safety seats.”

Kathleen Wynne

Minister of Transportation

“Seatbelts save lives. By buckling up we can help prevent serious injuries and protect the lives of our loved ones, more particularly our children.”

Margarett Best

Minister of Health Promotion

“Every day on OPP patrolled roads, officers witness needless injuries and death that could have been prevented had the person used their seatbelt. Help us to prevent you from becoming one of our traffic statistics. It's a simple as buckling up.”

Chief Superintendent Bill Grodzinski

Divisional Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division

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