Police issued 398 tickets for failing to wear a seatbelt or properly secure children in vehicles during last month’s traffic safety spotlight on occupant safety, Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) reported on Monday.
In February, law enforcement across the province were on the lookout for improperly restrained drivers and passengers, SGI noted in a press release. Police issued 348 tickets related to driver failing to wear a seatbelt; 29 tickets for a passenger failing to wear a seatbelt; eight tickets for a passenger under 16 failing to wear a seatbelt (with the ticket issued to the driver); and 13 tickets for improper use or installation of a child restraint.
According to SGI, wearing a seatbelt reduces a person’s risk of being injured or killed in a crash by about 50%. Still, in 2015, improper or non-seatbelt use contributed to a total of 17 deaths and 194 injuries in the province, with 73 of those injuries being children under the age of seven.
In addition to the occupant safety focus, provincial police also reported nearly 5,000 other offences, including 4,168 speeding/aggressive driving offences, 281 impaired driving-related offences and 348 distracted driving offences (including 266 for cellphone use). These results include all traffic safety focus results for February submitted by police as of March 20, 2017.
Saskatchewan police will focus on vulnerable road user safety throughout April.