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March’s traffic safety focus in Alberta is Occupant Restraints
Last Updated on March 4, 2022
Alberta Transportation’s safety focus for the month of March is Occupant Restraints.
Whether you’re a driver or a passenger, buckling up is one of the simplest things you can do to protect yourself in a collision. Seatbelts help secure you in your vehicle in case a collision occurs. Using a seatbelt reduces the chance you will be injured in a collision, as well as decreases the severity of your injuries. The one second it takes to fasten your seatbelt could save your life.
Occupant Restraints Facts:
- From 2014 to 2018, there were 282 unbelted fatalities in Alberta.
- About a fifth of those fatalities were men aged 18 to 24 years old.
- During 2018, 53 people died and 310 people sustained injuries as a result of not being properly restrained at the time of the collision.
- In 2018, restraint users involved in collisions had a much lower injury rate (6.8 per cent) than those not using restraints (18.1 per cent).
- A 2017 Driver Attitude Survey indicated 95 per cent of Albertans agree that when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, one should always wear a seatbelt.
- Without a booster seat, a child is three and a half times more likely to suffer a significant injury.
- Airbags offer additional protection in collisions, but are designed to supplement the safety features provided by seatbelts. Always buckle up!
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