Stiff Penalties Not Wearing Your Seatbelt

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Seatbelt safety and education is an integral part of the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service’s commitment to maintaining and improving road safety for residents of the City of Sault Ste. Marie and Prince Township. Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective way to reduce the chance of injury or death while in a motor vehicle collision.

April is seatbelt awareness month so officers from Patrol and Traffic Services with the Sault Ste. Marie Police Service will be conducting seatbelt checks through the City and Prince Township.  In 2018 officers administered 44 Highway Traffic Act tickets during Seatbelt Awareness Month.

As a reminder; motorists and passengers found to be in violation of the Highway Traffic Act could be charged and face a fine of $240, with drivers also receiving two demerit points. Drivers are also responsible to ensure anyone under 16 years of age are properly wearing their seatbelt.

During a roadside seatbelt check officers will be looking for seatbelt compliance as well as if the safety harness is worn properly.

Some points to remember:

Seatbelts must be in proper working condition

A seatbelt won’t protect you if it is not worn properly. Take a few moments to position the lap portion of your seatbelt snug to your body and low on the hips. Never wear the shoulder strap under the arm because it could damage your ribs.

A seatbelt keeps the driver behind the wheel and in control in a collision.
It helps to keep your head and body from hitting the inside of the vehicle.

A seatbelt keeps you inside the vehicle during a collision, rather than potentially being thrown through a windshield or door onto the roadway

Without a seatbelt, passengers become high speed projectiles in a collision