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Nearly 70 seatbelt- and traffic-related charges were laid in the North Bay detachment area of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) during a pair of campaigns earlier this month.

A statement from the OPP says a total of 20 seatbelt-related charges were issued between Oct. 2 to 11 while members of the North Bay detachment were out on patrol for the Fall Seatbelt Campaign.

Operation Impact, an annual traffic safety initiative targeting impaired driving, distracted driving, speeding or aggressive driving, and failure to wear seatbelts, resulted in 49 charges being issued between Oct. 11 and 14.

Of the 49 charges, 45 were for speeding, three were for moving violations, and one was a seatbelt violation.

“Road fatalities that are related to the lack of an occupant restraint are highly preventable, so even one death in this category is one too many. A properly worn seatbelt greatly increases your chances of surviving a motor-vehicle collision,” the statement from police said.

“The OPP would like to remind everyone to … drive safe, sober and distraction free.”

Source: North Bay Nugget