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Seatbelts save livesAbout 200,000 Albertans risk their lives every day by not wearing proper occupant restraints.

For the month of March, Alberta Transportation’s traffic safety focus is the use of occupant restraints for adults and children while travelling in vehicles.

Seatbelts distribute the force of a collision evenly to the stronger parts of a person’s body and can reduce the chance of fatal and serious injury by more than 50 per cent.

Drivers in Alberta are responsible for ensuring that all passengers under the age of 16 are properly secured using either a child safety seat or seatbelt. Drivers may be fined $155 for each unrestrained passenger under the age of 16.

“Without a seatbelt, there is nothing holding you back. Wearing your seatbelt is one of the easiest ways to keep safe on the road and I urge all drivers and their passengers to buckle up every time, for every trip.”

Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation

The RCMP and Alberta’s Traffic Enforcement Sheriffs routinely see the tragic results of people not using seatbelts. It only takes a second or two to buckle up and save a life. Wearing your seatbelt, and ensuring children of any age are properly secured is the most simple and effective thing you can do to reduce the chance of you or a loved one being harmed in a motor vehicle collision.”

Supt. Ian Lawson, K Division Traffic Services, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Seatbelt Facts

  • From 2010 to 2014, there were 358 unbelted fatalities in Alberta.
  • Nearly 30 per cent of those fatalities involved 18- to 24-year old men.
  • Seatbelts can improve the chances of surviving a collision from 45 to 65 per cent, depending on the type of vehicle and seating position.
  • Child safety restraints are required by law for children under the age of six who weigh 18 kilograms (40 pounds) or less.

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