‘Shocking increase’ in seat belt charges in Lambton

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Lambton OPP say officers are seeing a “shocking increase” in the number of passengers not wearing seat belts.

Ontario was the first province to pass seat belt laws in 1976. If you or any passenger under 16 in your car is found unbelted, you could face fines between $240 and $1,000. You could also be given two demerit points.

Since the May long weekend, Lambton OPP have issued 229 passenger seat belt violations compared to 35 in the same time frame one year ago.

The OPP wants to remind drivers and passengers “properly wearing a seat belt provides you, your family and other passengers your best chance of surviving a collision and reducing fatalities and injuries on our roads.”