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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 the crash.

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 rear-facing or forward-facing child safety seats.

  • 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.

Booster Seats

  • 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 booster seat.

  • 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.

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Last Updated September 29, 2015