Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding drivers and passengers to buckle in to save your skin.
The law has required Nova Scotians to wear seatbelts since 1985, but last year RCMP responded to 19 fatal and serious injury collisions throughout the province where seatbelts were not worn.
“Each time you get in a car, you can protect yourself by wearing a seatbelt,” says Cpl. Scott MacRae of the Nova Scotia RCMP Traffic Services Unit. “Buckling in is always the right decision.”
Drivers and passengers who do not belt up increase their risk of being crushed or ejected from a vehicle. Others are also at risk, as unbelted people can become projectiles which kill or injure others.
Seatbelts must be in good working condition and worn as directed by the manufacturer. Drivers are responsible for ensuring that passengers under 16 years of age wear seatbelts. Children can use adult seatbelts when they are nine years old or 145 cm (4’9″) tall. Otherwise, they must use an appropriate restraint system (for example, a car seat or booster seat) according to their age, weight and height.
Nova Scotia RCMP will continue to monitor and enforce seatbelt use, with fines for not wearing a seatbelt starting at $180. Remember: belting up is always the right decision. Buckle in to save your skin.
Source: Media Release