RCMP Reiterate Importance of Seatbelt Use

RCMP Crest LogoManitoba RCMP are reminding motorists to “click” it when it comes to wearing a seatbelt.

The Mounties say every year they respond to highway collisions where seatbelt use proves to determine the difference between life and death. On average, about 40 percent of people killed in traffic collisions in rural Manitoba are unbelted or not wearing a helmet. That represents about 35 people each year.

“Collisions can happen anywhere at any time, whether it is driving to the corner store, picking up your kids at the arena or finally making that long-planned road trip,” said Insp. Joanne Keeping, officer in charge of “D” Division RCMP Traffic Services. “Make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up; it could save a life.”

In two-vehicle collisions, those unbuckled will often hit the dash first. In single-vehicle rollovers, the driver or passengers frequently will be found ejected and crushed by the vehicle.

The fine in Manitoba for not wearing a seatbelt is $292.