OPP’s annual seatbelt blitz begins today

Seatbelt-related deaths up 20% this year over last

Buckle up.

OPP begin their annual seatbelt blitz today noting that 42 people who were not safely buckled in have died this year in collisions on OPP patrolled roads. That’s up from 35 at this time last year.

Over the past five years, 233 motor vehicle deaths have been linked to non-use of seatbelts – 103 of those victims were ejected from the vehicle.

“The OPP’s front-line officers know first-hand from responding to tens of thousands of motor vehicle collisions every year that a driver or passenger’s best chance of surviving a crash is by buckling up and benefitting from the proven, science-based protection a seat belt is designed to provide.”                                                                                              

— Deputy Commissioner Rose DiMarco, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support   

During the week-long campaign, the OPP will be highly visible throughout the province as they conduct education and enforcement initiatives aimed at getting drivers and passengers to do their part to save lives by buckling up and ensuring children are properly restrained.   

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