March is Occupant Restraint Safety Month for police forces in Alberta. It's part of the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), which police use to bring various issues to the fore.
 
"What we're going to be doing is conducting our regular traffic patrols, but there's going to be an extra diligence for insuring motorists have their seatbelts," outlined Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles of the Drumheller RCMP. "(It's) not only for the driver, but the passengers, children in car seats, things of that nature."
 
"Last year, we had a car seat expo, if you will, and trained some car seat installers and inspectors and that went over really well," he reported.
 
While everyone should know that buckling up reduces your risk of serious injury by a bunch, Charles admits some parents still have problems when it comes to properly installing car seats and strapping youngsters in.
 
"There are people trained in the community who can actually provide you assistance, including one of our members here, as to how to properly install a child car seat," he advised.
 
If you would like to know more on the subject, you can call the Drumheller RCMP at 403-823-7590. By the way, the fine for not wearing a seatbelt or having a child improperly strapped in is $115.

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