Seat Belt-Related Road Fatalities Down: 45 Deaths Still Too Many

OPP are conducting an Easter Safety Belt Campaign this weekend. Stay safe!


OPP to Conduct Seat Belt Campaign over Easter Long Weekend



(ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are reporting a 20-year low and a steady decrease in seat belt-related deaths as they get set to conduct their Seat Belt Campaign over the Easter Long Weekend.

A total of 45 seat belt-related road fatalities occurred on OPP-patrolled roads in 2016, marking the lowest number on record in the last 20 years. Also notable over the 20-year period is the number dipping below the 50 mark for the first time in 2015 and 2016  (see data below).   

The OPP attributes the downward trend, in part, to its Provincial Traffic Safety Program (PTSP). The PTSP is a proactive, high visibility approach to traffic safety enforcement and education that focuses on lack of seat belt use and other high-risk behaviours that account for the majority of OPP-investigated deaths on roads, waterways and trails. 

Since its implementation in 2007, PTSP has contributed to significantly fewer traffic fatalities overall. While seat belt-related fatalities have proportionately decreased through the success of the PTSP, unbuckled vehicle occupants continue to lose their lives, keeping seat belt education and enforcement a traffic safety priority for the OPP.


"The evidence that supports the effectiveness of seat belt use remains irrefutable. The odds of surviving or avoiding serious injuries in a collision are stacked against those who are not restrained in their seat. In exchange for the few seconds it takes to buckle up, you can cross this risk off the checklist of things that threaten your life on the road." - OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety & Operational Support.

"It only takes a moment to buckle up and it can save your life, or the life of your loved one. I commend the OPP for undertaking Seat Belt Campaigns. They are an important reminder that helps keep our roads safe. Please help prevent unnecessary tragedy by making sure everyone in a vehicle with you is safely buckled." -Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services-

Over the Easter Long Weekend, road users can expect to see high police visibility as the OPP carries out its April 14-17, 2017 Seat Belt Campaign. Officers hope to see all drivers and passengers buckled up as well as children safely restrained.       

SEAT BELT-RELATED FATALTIES (last 20 years, OPP-patrolled roads only)

2016 - 45                                              2006 - 93

2015 - 46                                              2005- 110

2014 - 51                                             2004 - 112

2013 - 67                                              2003- 122

2012-78                                               2002 - 114

2011- 68                                              2001 - 150

2010 - 88                                             2000 - 152

2009 - 65                                              1999 - 150

2008- 76                                             1998 - 151

2007 - 109                                          1997 - 168


  •  Drivers are responsible for ensuring children who are not big or old enough to use a seat belt are secured in an appropriate child car seat or booster seat.
  • The OPP Provincial Traffic Safety Program focuses on lack of occupant restraint, distracted, impaired and aggressive driving (known as the Big Four), with the aim of reducing deaths and injuries on OPP-patrolled highways, trails and waterways.   

Contacts by Region:

Highway Safety Division:   Sgt. Kerry Schmidt                        Phone: (416) 460-4701

Central Region:                    A/Sgt. Mark Kinney                        Phone: (705) 330-3738

East Region:                         A/Sgt. Angie Atkinson                    Phone: (613) 285-2750

Northwest Region:               Sgt. Shelley Garr                            Phone: (807) 473-2734

North East Region:              Sgt. Chrystal Jones                       Phone: (705) 845-2753

 West Region:                       Sgt. Dave Rektor                             Phone: (519) 652-4156

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