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Seatbelts and Child Car Seats Save Lives

McGuinty Government Reminds Families to Buckle Up

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is launching its annual seatbelt campaign to remind drivers and passengers to buckle up and make sure children are properly secured in the correct child car seat.

Police, firefighters, emergency services workers and community road safety groups across the province are participating in the campaign, which runs until October 6. It includes educational demonstrations, a series of child car seat inspection clinics, and seatbelt blitzes by police.

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of child car seat legislation in Ontario, which requires all caregivers - including parents, grandparents and child care providers - to ensure children under the age of 16 in their care are properly secured with the appropriate child car seat, booster seat or seatbelt.

Since 2003, the McGuinty government has expanded seatbelt laws to help keep Ontarians safe. The One Person, One Seatbelt law requires every occupant in a motor vehicle to buckle up properly. Wearing a seatbelt and using the right child car seat is the most effective way to reduce the risk of injury or death in a collision.

Quick Facts

  • A correctly used child safety seat can reduce the chance of injury or death by 75 per cent.
  • Recent statistics show that 96 per cent of all Ontarians buckle up on a regular basis – but about half a million still don’t.
  • The most recent Ontario statistics show that people in collisions were 32 times more likely to be killed if they were not wearing a seatbelt.

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Quotes

“Ontario’s roads are the safest in North America. I urge everyone to use seatbelts, child car seats and booster seats every time you get in a vehicle. Keep your children – and yourself – safe and secure.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation

“Every day, OPP officers see needless injuries and deaths on our roads that could have been prevented by wearing seatbelts. Remember, it’s one person, one seatbelt. Buckle up every time you get in a motor vehicle.”

Chief Superintendent Don Bell

Divisional Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division

“People who don’t wear seatbelts are much more likely to sustain a major trauma in a collision, and the results are devastating. It’s up to all Ontarians to prevent these tragedies.”

Joanne Banfield

Manager of Trauma Injury Prevention, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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