Traffic Safety in Alberta
Is your child safe and sound in the backseat?
Research and collision investigations show that seat belts increase
the chances of survival in a collision by 50 per cent. According to
Transport Canada, almost 35 per cent of drivers and passengers
killed in collisions were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of
Facts to Know
Child safety restraints are
required by law for all children under the age of six who weigh
less than 18 kilograms (40 pounds).
The fine for not wearing a
seatbelt is $155. Drivers are responsible for the proper
restraint of children under 16.
Seatbelts save about 1,000 lives
per year in Canada
Child Safety Seats
Depending on their age, size and
walking ability, children should be restrained in
forward-facing child safety
All child passengers must be
secured in an approved and properly used child safety seat,
which is used and installed according to your vehicle and car
seat manufacturer’s instructions.
If a child safety seat has been
involved in a collision, replace it immediately.
Without a booster seat, a child
is 3.5 times more likely to suffer a significant injury.
Children under nine who weigh
between 18-36 kilograms (40-80 pounds) are safest using a
Children under the age of 12 are
safest in the back seat of a vehicle in proper restraints based
on their age, height and weight.
Read more information about
safety seats or visit
Learn more about
occupant restraints or visit
September 29, 2015