Seat Belts

Seatbelts do save lives. 

In 2000, 75 percent of motor vehicle fatalities involving First Nations people were not wearing seatbelts (2003 Aboriginal Traffic Safety Summit Report). 

Aboriginal people in Alberta also experience higher traffic-related injuries and fatalities than non-Aboriginal people.  Nearly 16 percent of all traffic-related deaths involve Aboriginal people, but Aboriginal people represent only 5 percent of Alberta’s population.   

Buckle up!  It’s not only the law (Vehicle Equipment Regulation ), it’s safer too.  

It doesn’t matter if you live in Sucker Creek or Edmonton, under the law in Alberta, drivers must wear their seat belts and are responsible for making sure their passengers under 16-years of age are buckled up or secured in a child safety seat.

Here are some key things to remember:   

  • Seat belts must be working properly.  
  • A seat belt won't protect you if it is not worn properly. The lap portion of your seat belt should fit snug to your body and be low on the hips. It’s never a good idea to wear the shoulder strap under the arm where it could damage your ribs.
  • A seat belt keeps the driver behind the wheel and in control in a collision. It helps keep your head and body from hitting the inside of the vehicle.
  • A seat belt keeps you inside the vehicle during a collision, preventing you from being thrown through a windshield or door onto the roadway.
  • Even if your vehicle is equipped with air bags, always wear your seat belt. If you don't, you may not be in the right position to benefit from the protection air bags provide. Remember, air bags do not protect you in a roll-over or side impact collision.


Children and Seatbelts

Drivers are responsible for making sure all their passengers under 16 buckle up.  A child is someone under 6 years old.  All children who weigh less than 18 kilograms (40 lbs) must be in a proper child safety seat.  Once they exceed 18 kilograms, they must wear a seat belt at all times, even for a short drive to the store. 

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