Reported by Denis J. Puska

Before heading out on the road make sure you are strapped in. The Ontario Provincial Police’s fall seat belt campaign is underway, and motorists will be stopped and check for their seatbelts. Community Safety and Media Officer for the James Bay Detachment Constable Stephanie Belec says they will be looking for a variety of things when a motorist is stopped.

“In terms of the seatbelt, we will check that it’s properly fastened across the chest,” she said. “We will also be checking the child seats to make sure those are safe and your child is buckled up.”

The fine for not wearing a seatbelt or not having a child under the age of 16 not wearing a seatbelt is $240 plus two demerit points. The number of people dying as a result of not wearing their seatbelts rose from 7 to 42 this past year.

“We are trying to be proactive, and there are strong consequences if you don’t wear your seltbelts and getting a fine is one of them,” she said.

Over the past five years Police have investigated 233 motor vehicle deaths that were linked to the lack of seatbelt use.