Despite the fact it has been the law since 1977, that it will cost you $165 and 3 demerit points and, most importantly, it saves lives, many people in Saskatchewan still aren’t wearing their seatbelts.
During SGI’s monthly traffic blitz in March, law enforcement officers handed out 705 tickets to unbuckled drivers (646), their adult passengers (43) and passengers under 16 (16).
The operation was also intended to raise awareness of car seat use. Children in Saskatchewan must be secured in a proper, government-approved car seat until they are at least 40 pounds. As of June 27, children under the age of seven and over 40 but under 80 pounds or under 4-foot, nine-inches tall will be required to have a booster seat.
The problem is that seat belts in cars are designed for adults. Until a person reaches the prescribed height and weight, they simply do not fit properly and can actually cause injuries rather than prevent them.
SGI wants to remind people that proper seat belt use and car seat safety prevents injury and saves lives.