As Albertans welcome winter once again, Alberta RCMP is reminding all drivers and passengers that traffic safety starts with buckling up.
Don't forget to buckle up! RCMP across the province putting a focus on seatbelt safety during this month of November.
Constable Mike Hibbs with Alberta RCMP Traffic Services says in 2016, 53 people lost their lives and 375 people suffered injuries in this province as a result of not being properly restrained at the time of the collision.
He says seatlbelts save lives, noting time and time again police arrive at accident scenes, people are buckled in and other than damage to the vehicle and few bumps and bruises they survive.
In Alberta, the fine for not wearing your seatbelt is $155.
Alberta RCMP encourages you to practice the following #TrafficSafety tips for optimal use of occupant restraints:
- Ensure the seatbelt is positioned securely across the hip bones and the shoulder. The shoulder belt should sit across the centre of the chest, and never under your arm or behind your back. In a collision, this could cause fatal injuries.
- The law in Alberta requires that children under six years old or under 40 lbs (18 kg) be properly restrained in a car seat. (Alberta Seatbelts, 2014)
- Booster seats are the safest choice for children under nine years-old who have outgrown their front-facing child safety seat. (Alberta Health Services)
- Most children are ready for standard seatbelts when they are nine years old or older, and either weigh over 80 pounds (36kg), or are taller than 4’9” (145 cm). (Alberta Transportation, 2015)
- Children under the age of 13 are safest in the back seat. (Alberta Transportation, 2018)
Cst. Mike Hibbs: