Buckling up is one of the simplest and smartest choices drivers and passengers can make when ensuring their safety in a vehicle. Most Albertans understand the importance of buckling up - according to a recent survey, 97.4% of Albertans use occupant restraints. However, people who choose not to wear a seatbelt are still killed and injured in collisions every year in our province.
Occupant restraints facts:
- From 2012 to 2016, there were 341 unbelted fatalities in Alberta.
- Nearly a quarter of those fatalities were men aged 18 to 24 years old.
- During 2016, 53 people died and 375 people sustained injuries as a result of not being properly restrained at the time of the collision.
- In 2016, restraint users involved in collisions had a much lower injury rate (6.8 per cent) than those not using restraints (24.1 per cent).
- A 2017 Driver Attitude Survey indicated 95 per cent of Albertans agree that when driving or riding in a motor vehicle, one should always wear a seatbelt.
- Without a booster seat, a child is three and a half times more likely to suffer a significant injury.
- Airbags offer additional protection in collisions, but are designed to supplement the safety features provided by seatbelts. Always buckle up!