The Alberta RCMP are reminding both motorists and passengers to buckle up this month. Using safety restraints while driving can be the difference between life and death in the event of a motor vehicle collision.
Last year, the Alberta RCMP ticketed 3,993 motorists for seatbelt-related offences. To reduce the risk of serious injury or fatality, keep in mind the following:
- Motorists are responsible for ensuring both themselves and passengers under the age of 16-years-old are using proper occupant restraints.
- Ensure the lap belt is positioned low across your hips and the shoulder belt is always sitting across the centre of your chest. Do not allow the seatbelt to become twisted.
- Seatbelts aren't just for personal motor vehicles. Always use the restraints provided on off-road or recreational vehicles.
- Going without a seatbelt costs you your safety as well as a possible $162 fine.
"Fastening your seatbelt should be the first thing you do when you get into a vehicle. Make it a habit," says Insp. Chris Romanchych, Alberta RCMP Traffic. "Why take the chance when it's your life and even someone else's on the line?"
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