We have heard it before – “Seatbelts Save Lives” – but unbelievably there are still people who don’t buckle up or use the appropriate child car seat or booster seat! Recent statistics indicate that 96% of Ontarians wear their seatbelts. Unfortunately, there are still approximately half a million people who do not. Further, statistics show that you are 36 times more likely to be killed in a collision if you are not wearing your seatbelt. It is a proven fact: Wearing a seatbelt and using the right child car seat or booster seat is the most effective way to reduce the risk of injury or death in a collision. 2015 will mark the 10th Anniversary of Ontario’s child booster seat law, in addition to the focus on seatbelt safety.

As part of the kick off to the 2015 Seatbelt Campaign, Kawartha Lakes Police Service hosted the Quick Click Challenge during the opening ceremonies of the Lindsay Exhibition (LEX) on Wednesday September 23rd, 2015. Teams from local high schools, coached by KLPS members, were on hand to participate in the relay race, where the object was to get all of your team members buckled up as quickly as possible. Congratulations to reigning champions, St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School, who were once again the winners of the Quick Click Challenge. There were strong showings however, by teams from IE Weldon and LCVI Secondary Schools. Thanks to all who participated.

Officially the 2015 seatbelt campaign will run from September 30th, 2015 to October 9th, 2015. During this time you can expect to see increased officer presence on local roads in an effort to raise awareness around the benefits of buckling up. So remember to “Click It” or expect a ticket.

Make sure you visit https://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/choose-car-seat.shtml for information on the proper use of child car seats and booster seats.

Source: Kawartha Lakes Police Service