January 31, 2018 12:35 pm
Updated: February 1, 2018 8:24 am

Seatbelts, car seats focus of SGI’s February traffic safety spotlight

WATCH ABOVE: SGI is making seatbelts and car seats the focus of February's traffic safety spotlight. Rebekah Lesko explains why.

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It’s been the law in Saskatchewan for 40 years, yet not everyone is buckling up.

Police handed out over 3,700 tickets in 2017 to people failing to wear a seatbelt and in 2016, 25 per cent of people killed in collisions were not wearing a seatbelt or were improperly restrained.

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In an effort to get everyone to buckle up, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) is making seatbelts and car seats the focus of February’s traffic safety spotlight.

“Bucklng up takes only a couple of seconds and dramatically reduces your risk of death or serious injury in a collision,” Penny McCune, chief operating officer of the Auto Fund, said in a release.

“Even if you’re driving at non-highway speeds, a collision with another vehicle or object will cause your body to fly forward, directly into the steering wheel, windshield, or another passenger.”

SGI said a vehicle travelling at 50 km/h that comes to a sudden stop will turn a 70 kilogram person into a 1,400 kg projectile.

That is the same impact of someone falling from a four-storey building.

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SGI has these tips to keep everyone safe on Saskatchewan roads:

  • Always #BuckleUp before driving or riding in a vehicle.
  • Make sure the shoulder belt fits snugly over the middle of your shoulder and across your chest.
  • Don’t let children 12 and under sit in the front seat of a vehicle.
  • Put blankets and coats over child seat straps – too much bulk under the straps means the seat can’t work properly.
  • Remember that you should only be able to fit one finger between the harness straps and the child’s chest.
  • Visit an SGI car seat clinic or book an appointment with a car seat technician in your community to make sure it fits right for the child.

Police will be looking for people not buckled up, wearing a seatbelt improperly or children not properly secured in car seats.

The fine is $175 and the loss of three safety rating points.

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