The Sault Ste. Marie Police Service is committed to ensuring that all road users are safe and secure in the City of Sault Ste. Marie and Prince Township. Seat belts are an important part of a vehicle’s safety system and are the single most effective way to reduce the chance of injury or death in a motor vehicle collision.
As with past years, the month of April is reserved for seat belt safety. Officers from Patrol and Traffic Services will be conducting seat belt checks throughout the City of Sault Ste. Marie and Prince Township.
Motorists and passengers who fail to wear their seat belt, or drivers who fail to ensure that persons under 16 year of age are wearing their seat belts, could be charged under the Highway Traffic Act of Ontario and face a fine or $240 and 2 demerit points.
Seat belts must be in proper working order and children must be in the appropriate child safety seat.
If a seat belt is not worn properly it will not protect you. Never wear the shoulder strap under the arm where it could damage your ribs.
A seat belt keeps the driver behind the wheel and in control in a collision. It helps keep your head and body from hitting the inside of the vehicle. It will also keep you in your vehicle; rather than being thrown through a windshield or door onto the roadway.
Since seat belts were made mandatory, the number of people killed and injured in collisions in Ontario has steadily dropped.
So do your part and buckle up.