SGI is highlighting the need for proper seatbelt safety in Saskatchewan.
In 2014, 23 people died and 185 were injured in Saskatchewan because they weren’t properly restrained.
Kelley Brinkworth with SGI says as the driver you are responsible for anyone in the vehicle under the age of 16 being properly restrained.
SGI recommends people follow these tips to help keep all vehicle occupants safe:
- Buckle up every time you get in a vehicle and ensure all passengers are properly restrained too.
- The seatbelt should fit securely across the middle of the shoulder and across the hips.
- Keep babies and kids secure in the appropriate car/booster seat as long as the seat allows. Consult the owner’s manual for guidelines.
- Ensure you have the right fit. Visit an SGI car seat clinic or book an appointment with a car seat technician your community.
- Keep children 12 and under safe in the back seat in proper restraints based on age, height and weight.
- Adjust the vehicle’s head rest so the top is level with the top of the head, to help prevent whiplash.
Police will be looking for people not wearing a seatbelt, wearing it improperly, or not having children properly secured.