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2011 Seatbelt CampaignWarning - this news article expired on 2011-05-11. Information may no longer be accurate or applicable

BellevillePolice Service Seatbelt Campaign

Belleville Police Service Traffic Management Unit and Uniform Operations will be conducting positive enforcement from 13 April to 23 April, 2011.
Belleville, Ontario ? April 13 to 23, 2011 is Ontario's Seatbelt Campaign and 2011 marks the 35th Anniversary of Ontario's seatbelt law. In the past 35 years, Ontario has seen this law evolve. The benefits of seatbelt usage have resulted in the steady decline of personal injury and fatal collisions. Today, Transport Canada survey results show that 96 per cent of all Ontarians buckle up - that's up from just 17.2 per cent who wore seatbelts before the mandatory law took effect in 1976. Our laws have advanced to mirror the technological developments in relation to child safety restraints.
The goal of the 2011 seatbelt campaign is to raise public awareness about the importance of wearing seatbelts, and educate drivers on the proper use of child car seats and booster seats as any injury or fatality resulting from not wearing a seatbelt or safety restraint system is too much.
The law is simple all occupants of a motor vehicles are required to wear a seatbelt, or use a safety restraint system for children. When a child turns 8yrs of age, weighs 80lbs, or is 4'9" they may use a regular seatbelt system until that time the child shall be restrained in the appropriate sized safety seat.

Fines and Penalties

  • Drivers and passengers 16 years of age and older convicted of failing to use or improperly using a seatbelt are subject to a $240 fine.
  • Drivers would also have two demerit points applied to their driver record for failing to use, or improperly using, a seatbelt or failing to ensure a passenger under the age of 16 is properly secured.