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Published March 28, 2024

OPP buckle down Easter weekend to make sure people in vehicles are buckled up

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Ontario Provincial Police will be patrolling area roads through the Easter weekend to ensure drivers and passengers are wearing a seatbelt.

The five-day campaign began on Thursday.

Last year in Ontario, nearly 10,000 charges were laid for seatbelt infractions and 67 people died on OPP-patrolled roads who were not wearing a seatbelt – with 296 dying from not wearing a seatbelt over the last five years.

"You need to have that seatbelt on. It is the law," said OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt in a video posted to X.

Not buckling up could cost a big chunk of change with fines between $200 and $1,000, two demerit points and the risk it might impact your auto insurance.

"If your involved in a collision the best chance of surviving is by wearing a seatbelt," provincial police stated.

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