SGI spotlight focusing on seatbelt safety for January

SGI is reminding drivers to buckle up as they shine their traffic safety spotlight on seatbelt safety this month.

According to SGI, in 2021, one-third of the vehicle occupant deaths on Saskatchewan roads involved a person who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. With 95 percent of drivers buckling up, the people who don’t are more likely to be killed in a collision.

Drivers in Saskatchewan are responsible for making sure all passengers under the age of 16 are properly secured. If caught not wearing a seatbelt or with an unbelted passenger, drivers will face a $175 fine and lose three points under the Safe Driver Recognition program.

Tyler McMurchy, a spokesperson with SGI, encouraged motorists to make the new year’s resolution of wearing their seatbelts in 2023.

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