Easter long weekend brings stepped-up seatbelt campaign
THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE this week reported a 20-year low and a steady decrease in seat belt-related deaths as they get set to conduct their seatbelt campaign over the Easter long weekend.
A total of 45 seatbelt-related road fatalities occurred on OPP-patrolled roads in 2016, marking the lowest number on record in two decades. Also notable over the 20-year period is the number dipping below the 50 mark for the first time in 2015 and 2016, say police.
The OPP attributes the downward trend, in part, to its provincial traffic safety program (PTSP). The PTSP is a proactive, high visibility approach to traffic safety enforcement and education that focuses on lack of seat belt use and other high-risk behaviours that account for the majority of OPP-investigated deaths on roads, waterways and trails.
“The evidence that supports the effectiveness of seatbelt use remains irrefutable. The odds of surviving or avoiding serious injuries in a collision are stacked against those who are not restrained in their seat. In exchange for the few seconds it takes to buckle up, you can cross this risk off the checklist of things that threaten your life on the road,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair in a release.