Seat belt Safety

Wearing your seat belt will dramatically increase your chance of surviving a collision but...

Are you wearing your seat belt properly?

A typical seat belt has a lap and shoulder belt. The shoulder belt should be worn closely against the body and over the shoulder and across the chest, never under the arm. Wearing a seat belt loosely or placing the shoulder belt under the arm or behind your back instead of across the chest, could, in the case of a collision or sudden stop, result in an injury or ejection from the vehicle. The lap belt should sit firmly against the body and low on the hips. Wearing a lap belt across the stomach, instead of low across the hips, allows collision forces to be applied to the soft tissue of the body, increasing the chance of injury.

EPregnant woman wearing her seat belt properly.xpectant mothers should wear their lap and shoulder belts while siting as upright as possible. The lap belt should be worn low so it pulls downward on the pelvic bones and not directly against the abdomen. Find out about car seat safety as well.

Did you know?

The penalty for seat belt infractions is a fine between $200 and $1,000. Convicted offenders will receive two demerit points.

Every person travelling in a motor vehicle must wear a seat belt or use a child safety seat. A driver can also be fined $240 and two demerit points, if their passenger (under 16 years of age) is not properly wearing a seat belt. Drivers are responsible for ensuring that passengers under 16 years of age are using the seat belt or an appropriate child car seat.

Police officers may request that passengers who appear to be at least 16 years of age provide their name, address and date of birth. These passengers may face a fine for not using or wearing a seat belt properly.

Information above and more can be found on the  Ministry of Transportation website.