Friday November 28, 2014


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Hundreds ticketed for failing to buckle up


Hundreds of motorists received tickets last month during June's province-wide traffic safety spotlight focusing on occupant restraints.

Police were on the lookout for people not wearing a seatbelt, wearing one improperly or not having their children properly restrained in the vehicle. In total, law enforcement issued 431 seatbelt violations during the month, including: 379 tickets for driver (16 and over) failing to wear a seatbelt; 32 tickets for passenger (16 and over) failing to wear a seatbelt; and 20 tickets for driver/passenger (under 16) failing to wear a seatbelt

Police also issued 1,685 tickets for aggressive driving (which includes speeding), 236 tickets for distracted driving (184 of those for cellphone use) and 110 tickets for impaired driving.

SGI reminds motorists that wearing a seatbelt reduces the risk of being seriously injured or killed in a crash by 50 per cent. Buckle up each and every time you get into a vehicle, and ensure babies and toddlers are restrained in the appropriate car seat and children under age seven are using a booster seat - it's the law.

SGI car seat technicians also participated in the STEP event in June, to help ensure and promote child passenger safety. They checked 90 car and booster seats during the check stops and gave away 10 car seats in a "positive enforcement" effort to encourage proper use of child restraints.

Visit SGI's website at to learn about the new traffic laws now in effect, or for information about the Road Safety Challenge and how #wecandrivebetter.



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