Posted on: Friday, March 11th, 2016

Dear Traffic Safety Stakeholder:

Our traffic safety focus for the month of November is Occupant Restraints.


Proper use of a child safety seat or booster seat can reduce the likelihood of your child being injured or killed in a crash by up to 75 per cent. You cannot control everyone else’s behaviour on the road. Seat belts dramatically increase your chances of survival in a collision, regardless of who is driving the other vehicle.


The Facts:

  • The fine for not using a seat belt or child safety seat is $155.
  • Nearly a quarter of those fatalities were 18 to 24-year old men.
  • Properly used seat belts can reduce fatal and serious injury by 45-65 per cent depending on the type of vehicle and seating position.
  • Without a booster seat, a child is three and a half times more likely to suffer a significant injury.
  • In 2015, 74 unbelted vehicle occupants were killed and 400 were injured.
  • Over the past five years, there were 353 unbelted fatalities in Alberta (2011-2015).
  • A 2017 Driver Attitude Survey indicated 69 per cent of Albertans agree all children 5-9 years of age should be in an approved child restraint. 95 per cent of Albertans agree when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, one should always wear a seatbelt.
  • According to an observational survey in 2016, urban seat belt usage in Alberta was at 97.9 per cent.

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