Easter long week­end brings stepped-up seat­belt cam­paign

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

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.

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