New OPP Survey, "24 Per Cent of People Killed Were Not Wearing A Seat Belt"
A 10-year data trend analysis conducted by the Ontario Provincial Police has revealed that 24 per cent of people killed on Ontario Provincial Police patrolled roads were not wearing a seat belt.
Meaning that 594 people were not restrained in the vehicle of the 2,483 people who died in a collision between 2009 and 2018.
It has also been a factor in 10 of the 47 deaths this year alone.
Males between 25-64 account to the highest number of seat belt-related death among all male and female age groups.
It just goes to show that wearing a seat belt can save a life.
OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique says, “If anyone in the vehicle is not wearing a [seat belt], ask them to buckle up for everyone’s safety. Remind them that during a collision, unrestrained vehicle occupants may become human projectiles and pose an additional threat to other people in the vehicle, even those wearing a seat belt.”
The OPP is set to conduct a provincial seat belt campaign from April 19 to the 22, 2019 as a reminder for everyone to wear a seat belt.
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