Seat Belt Compliance Decreasing Deadly Crashes

OPP say more people are buckling up and it is saving lives on Ontario roads, with fatalities related to seat belt non-compliance headed for a 10-year low.

A total of 32 people have died in 2014 as a result of not wearing their seat belt, compared to 73 last year.

“We’ve seen a drastic number of fatalities in the past 10 years attributed to seat belt use,” says Sergeant Dave Rektor. “It’s general compliance, people are buying into the fact that seat belts do save lives and that they’re a lot safer if they do have the sea tbelt on.”

From 2005-2007 over 100 people died every year due to lack of seat belt compliance.

Rektor tells when officers catch motorists not wearing a seat belt, many say it is simply because they forgot or have a medical exemption.