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Traffic Safety in Alberta 

Occupant Restraints are in the spotlight for October

Research and collision investigations show that seat belts increase the chances of survival in a collision by 50 per cent. According to Transport Canada, almost 35 per cent of drivers and passengers killed in collisions were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Facts to Know

  • In Alberta, wearing a seatbelt is required by law.

  • The fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $115. Drivers are responsible for the proper restraint of children under 16.

  • Seatbelts save about a 1,000 lives per year in Canada.

Child Safety Seats

  • A child under six whose weight does not exceed 18 kg (40 lb.) must be properly secured in a child safety seat.

  • All child passengers must be secured in an approved and properly used child safety seat, which is used and installed according to your vehicle and car seat manufacturer’s instructions.

  • If a child safety seat has been involved in a collision, replace it immediately.

Booster Seats

  • Without a booster seat, a child is 3-1/2 times more likely to suffer a significant injury.

  • Children who are under nine and who weigh between 18 and 36 kilograms (40 - 80 pounds) or are less than 145 cm (4’9”) tall are safest in a booster seat when riding in a vehicle.

  • Children under the age of 12 are safest in the back seat of a vehicle in proper restraints based on their age, height and weight.

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Last Updated September 30, 2014