Driv­ers 25 to 34 most likely to be tick­eted for seat­belt vi­o­la­tions

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

THE OPP HAS LAID 257,475 seat­belt charges over the last ten years, with 25 to 34 year-olds be­ing is­sued more charges (63,846) than any other de­mo­graphic. Driv­ers and pas­sen­gers aged 35 to 44 come in sec­ond with 50,863 charges and 45 to 54 year-olds are right be­hind with 50,488 charges, po­lice re­ported in a re­lease this week.

“Last year ended trag­i­cally for 49 peo­ple who died af­ter be­ing in­volved in col­li­sions and were not safely buck­led in at the time. Fail­ure to wear or prop­erly wear a seat­belt has con­trib­uted to 639 deaths on OPP-pa­trolled roads in the last ten years. As a driver or pas­sen­ger, it’s im­por­tant to re­spect the life­sav­ing value of a seat belt and the proven fact that the best po­si­tion to be in dur­ing a crash is se­curely fas­tened in your seat,” sad OPP Deputy Com­mis­sioner Brad Blair.

Po­lice re­port that seat­belts worn cor­rectly can re­duce the chances of death and se­ri­ous in­juries in a col­li­sion by ap­prox­i­mately 50 per cent. Air bags are de­signed to work with seat belts, not re­place them. If you are un­buck­led, you could be thrown into an open­ing airbag and be in­jured or killed.

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