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Traffic Safety in Alberta 

Occupant Restraints is the traffic safety focus for March

Seatbelts are the single most, cost-effective life-saving device we have to protect us in a collision and increase the chance of survival by 50 per cent. In Alberta, more than one quarter 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;

  • In Alberta, the fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $115. Drivers are also responsible for the proper restraint of children under 16;

  • Properly used seatbelts can reduce fatal and serious injury by 45-65 per cent depending on the type of vehicle and seating position;

  • In 2013, there were 65 unbelted fatalities;

  • Over the past five years, there were 383 unbelted fatalities in Alberta (2009-2013);

  • Seatbelts work in conjunction with other safety devices and distribute the force of a collision evenly to the stronger parts of a person’s body;

  • Passengers are not exempt from the consequences of fines, injuries or deaths resulting from not wearing a seatbelt;

  • Seatbelts save about a 1000 lives per year in Canada;

  • Buckle up and tell your friends to do the same.

Learn more about occupant restraints

Child Safety Seats

  • A child under six years whose weight does not exceed 18 kg (40 lb.) must be properly secured in a child safety seat;

  • All child passengers are safest when secured in proper restraints based on their age, height and weight and those restraints are used according to the restraint and vehicle manufacturer’s instructions;

  • If a child safety seat has been involved in a collision, replace it immediately.

Learn more about child safety seats and booster seats.

Listen to the occupant restraints and Road Rash radio spots.


Last Updated February 27, 2015