According to the Alberta Traffic Safety calendar, the month of March is occupant restraints month, also known as seat belt safety month.
"I find it a bit of a surprise in today's society, with how many safety features we have in the vehicles and all the reminders, that it is a pretty common problem. Especially in urban areas where the speed can be reduced and people going short distances, they may forget to put it on or may forget the importance of putting it on," stated Cody Patton with Commercial Vehicle Enforcement.
Although there are no demerit points associated with not wearing your seat belt, there is a $155 fine that comes along with it.
"What people may not realize is there is actually a couple different fines for not wearing your seatbelt or wearing it improperly," Patton explained. "What I've seen commonly, more in the commercial side of things, were drivers putting the seatbelt over their lap, but fail to put it over their shoulder."
Patton expressed that each vehicle is designed to have the seat belt over your lap and over your shoulder to give you the best safety restraint in case of a collision.
This month is more on the importance of raising awareness about occupant restraints and Patton reported to 99.5 Drum FM that the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, along with the local RCMP detachment, will be out in full force.
"In addition with the driver being buckled up, make sure your passengers are buckled up as well. Driver or passenger, (the fine) is $155."
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