Traffic Safety in Alberta
Occupant Restraints are in the spotlight for October
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 the crash.
Facts to Know
In Alberta, wearing a seatbelt
is required by law.
The fine for not wearing a
seatbelt is $115. Drivers are responsible for the proper
restraint of children under 16.
Seatbelts save about a 1,000
lives per year in Canada.
A child under six whose weight
does not exceed 18 kg (40 lb.) must be properly secured in a
child safety seat.
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 3-1/2 times more likely to suffer a significant injury.
Children who are under nine and
who weigh between 18 and 36 kilograms (40 - 80 pounds) or are
less than 145 cm (4’9”) tall are safest in a booster seat when
riding in a vehicle.
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
child safety seats or visit
Learn more about
occupant restraints or visit www.saveafriend.ca
September 30, 2014