Selective Traffic Enforcement Initiative (STEP)
Belleville, Ontario: Belleville Police Service's ongoing commitment to road safety in our community continues with the theme of driver and passenger safety for the month of April.
Seat belts save lives, using a seat belt is the single most effective way to reduce the chance of injury or death in a motor vehicle collision. Over 92 percent of Ontarians wear their seat belt regularly. However, those 8 percent who don't represent over 600,000 people. It's easy to see the difference wearing a seat belt makes - for every one percent increase in seat belt use five lives are saved.
At all times, limit the number of occupants in your vehicle to the number of seat belts. Unbelted occupants can become projectiles during a collision and can seriously injure themselves, other passengers or the driver.
A child can start using a seatbelt alone once any one of the following criteria is met:
- Child turns eight years old
- Child weighs 36 kg (80 lb.)
- Child is 145 cm (4 feet 9 inches) tall
Infants less than 9 kg (20 lb.) must be secured in a rear-facing infant car seat. Toddlers 9-18 kg (20 - 40 lb.) who are about a year old and can also pull themselves unassisted to a standing position should travel in a forward-facing child car seat secured by both a seat belt (or LATCH/UAS system) and a tether strap, attached to an anchor bolted into the vehicle's frame.
Every person travelling in a motor vehicle must wear a seat belt or use a child safety seat. The penalty for seat belt infractions is a fine between $200 and $1,000. Convicted offenders will receive two demerit points. Drivers are responsible for ensuring that passengers under 16 years of age are using the seat belt or an appropriate child car seat.
The Law: Highway Traffic Act
S. 106(3) Every person who drives on a highway a motor vehicle in which a seat belt assembly is provided for the driver shall wear the complete seat belt assembly in a properly adjusted and securely fastened Manner.
S. 106(4)Every person who is a passenger on a highway in a motor vehicle in which a seat belt assembly is provided for the seating position occupied by the passenger shall wear the complete seat belt assembly in properly adjusted and securely fastened manner.
S.106(6) No person shall drive on a highway a motor vehicle in which there is a passenger who is under 16 years and occupies a seating position for which a seat belt assembly has been provided unless that passenger is wearing the complete seat belt assembly and it is properly adjusted and securely fastened.
S.106(7) No person shall drive on a highway a motor vehicle in which there is a child passenger weighing less than 36Kg (80lbs) who does not occupy, the appropriate child safety seat.
Fines are $200.00 plus applicable surcharge as well as 2 demerit points.
If you have any questions please contact Acting Sergeant Rene Aubertin at 966-0882, Ext. 2266.