RCMP encouraging motorists to buckle up

By MorinvilleNews.com staff

Morinville – Motorists who like to drive around town unencumbered by seat belts would be wise to buckle up, particularly this month.

March has been designated Occupant Restrain Month under the Alberta Traffic Safety Plan. Each month RCMP, Sheriffs, and their enforcement partners target a different aspect of traffic safety to educate the public.

Local RCMP members and other law enforcement members will be ramping up their efforts to encourage greater use of seatbelts and child car seats this month.

Police say a significant portion of traffic injuries and fatalities are the result of vehicle collisions in which people are ejected from the vehicle. Although police have seen an increase in the number of motorists and passengers buckling up in the past few years, there is still room for improvement.

The fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $115, and drivers are personally responsible for the proper restraint of children under 16 travelling in their vehicle. Passengers are not exempt from receiving fines if they are not buckled up.

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