Local officers with the OPP will be checking for seatbelt compliance, as their annual Fall Seatbelt Campaign begins today.
All motor vehicle drivers and passengers are required to wear a properly adjusted and fastened seat-belt. A driver can be charged and face a $240 fine, as well as two demerit points, for an infraction. Drivers are also responsible to make sure that all passengers under the age of 16 are properly wearing seat-belts or in proper car seats.
The OPP has laid 257,475 seat-belt charges over the last ten years, with 25 to 34-year-olds being issued more charges than any other demographic. In 2017, 49 people passed away after being involved in a collision and were not safely buckled at the time. Over the past ten years, there has been 639 deaths reported.
Transport Canada says that properly worn seat-belts can reduce the chances of death and serious injuries in a collision by roughly 50 per cent.
The campaign will end on October 5.