A message from the OPP: 29 seat belt related road deaths on OPP patrolled roads this year!

The Fall Seatbelt Campaign runs from September 27th to October 6th: If you're not Wearing Your Seatbelt, What's Holding You Back?

IF YOU'RE NOT WEARING YOUR SEAT BELT, WHAT'S HOLDING YOU BACK?                                                                                     


  (ORILLIA, ON) - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reporting 29 seat belt-related road deaths on OPP-patrolled roads so far this year, as they get set to conduct their province-wide Fall Seat Belt Campaign from September 27 to October 6, 2017.

Wearing a seat belt is crucial to surviving a crash, and even one unbuckled vehicle occupant can increase the risk of death and serious injury to other people in the vehicle. 

In the event of a frontal collision, an unbuckled back seat passenger becomes a human projectile, placing additional risks on those in the front seat. 


"When you are on the road, don't let anyone in the vehicle - including those in the back seat - convince you that buckling up is a personal choice. As a driver or front seat passenger, even if you are wearing a seatbelt when you crash, you can be struck from behind by unbuckled passengers, making them a significant factor in whether you live or die." - OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support

"Buckling up saves lives in the event of a collision. Every driver and adult passenger is responsible for wearing a seatbelt. It is also the driver's responsibility to ensure that all passengers 16 years of age or younger are properly buckled in. It is a small step that saves lives." - Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services


  • If you are driving, you can face a fine if you or anyone in your vehicle under the age of 16 is not wearing a seat belt or secured in a proper child car seat. If you are convicted, you will:
  • be fined between $200 and $1,000
  • receive two demerit points - demerit points remain on your driving record
  • for two years
  •   Passengers over the age of 16 are responsible for buckling themselves up.

Contacts by Region:

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

Central Region:                            Sgt. Peter Leon                 Phone: (705) 330-3713

East Region:                                  A/Sgt. Tina Hunt              Phone: (613) 296-4516

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

North East Region:                      Sgt. Carlo Berardi             Phone: (705) 845-2738

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

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