The message from SGI is simple.
“Everybody needs to buckle up. It’s three seconds and it will save your life.”
That comment from SGI’s Tyler McMurchy comes as Saskatchewan’s seatbelt law turns 40 years old.
In 1986, which is the earliest year SGI kept data, there were 111 vehicle occupants killed in Saskatchewan collisions who weren’t wearing a seatbelt (or not buckled in properly) and 2,699 were injured for the same reason.
These numbers represented 61 per cent of all deaths and 35 per cent of injuries among vehicle occupants in 1986.
Fast forward to 2016 numbers and you see that number dropped to 25 deaths and 155 injuries.
Not wearing a seatbelt will cost you $175 and three safety rating points.
It is also the driver’s responsibility to ensure all passengers under 16 are properly buckled up with a seatbelt or in the appropriate child safety seat for their age and size.