Al­berta Traf­fic safety fo­cus for Oc­to­ber is seat­belts

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

Dur­ing the month of Oc­to­ber the Traf­fic Safety fo­cus as per the Al­berta Traf­fic Safety Plan is on oc­cu­pant re­straints. The Wood Buf­falo RCMP along with their law en­force­ment part­ners want mo­torists to ask them­selves one sim­ple ques­tion: ‘What’s hold­ing me back?’ The proper use of oc­cu­pant re­straints re­duces the like­li­hood of sus­tain­ing an in­jury and de­creases the sever­ity of in­jury as well. Re­search and col­li­sion in­ves­ti­ga­tions show that seat­belts can sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the chances of sur­vival in a col­li­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to Al­berta Trans­porta­tion:

In 2013, there were 65 un­belted fa­tal­i­ties in Al­berta.

Prop­erly used seat­belts can re­duce fa­tal and se­ri­ous in­jury by 45-65 per cent depend­ing on the type of ve­hi­cle and seat­ing po­si­tion.

There were 383 un­belted fa­tal­i­ties in Al­berta be­tween 20092013.

About 20 per cent of those fa­tal­i­ties were 18- to 24-year old men.

Seat­belts work in con­junc­tion with other safety de­vices and dis­trib­ute the force of a col­li­sion evenly to the stronger parts of a per­son’s body.

Pas­sen­gers are not ex­empt from the con­se­quences of fines, in­juries or deaths re­sult­ing from not wear­ing a seat­belt.

Seat­belts save about a 1,000 lives per year in Canada.

Buckle up and tell your friends to do the same.

When a ve­hi­cle stops sud­denly in a col­li­sion, any un­re­strained per­sons or ob­jects con­tinue trav­el­ling at the same speed un­til they hit some­thing. This can in­clude any ob­ject in the ve­hi­cle, part of the ve­hi­cle or another oc­cu­pant. The proper use of oc­cu­pant re­straints al­lows for other safety fea­tures, such as airbags, to be max­i­mized. Airbags only func­tion prop­erly if the oc­cu­pant is re­strained in a proper po­si­tion by a seat­belt. In the event of a col­li­sion seat­belts also keep oc­cu­pants in­side a ve­hi­cle’s en­gi­neered life space which can with­stand the force of many im­pacts. ‘Pro­tect your­self against the un­pre­dictable. It takes sec­onds to buckle up and a life­time to make up for a loss,’ states Sgt. Bou­lianne.

Wood Buf­falo RCMP are ask­ing mo­torists to keep safety in mind and buckle up. The use of a seat­belt should be an au­to­matic re­flex to get­ting into any mo­tor ve­hi­cle, for driv­ers and pas­sen­gers alike. Driv­ers are also re­minded that they are re­spon­si­ble for any pas­sen­gers un­der the age of 16 to be prop­erly belted-in. Fail­ing to com­ply with the laws will net driv­ers and/or pas­sen­gers with a vi­o­la­tion ticket wherein fines start at $115.00.

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