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Police to crack down on those who don’t buckle up

CityNews | posted Wednesday, Sep 30th, 2015

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Toronto police, along with officers across Ontario, are sending out a very simple message: that you are more likely to survive a major crash if you’re buckled up.

The annual fall seatbelt campaign starts Wednesday and runs until Oct. 9.

The focus of this year’s campaign will be on passengers in the back seat, car seats and children in booster seats.

“Do the back-seat buckle. Back-seat passengers, always wear your seat belt,” police said in a release. And that booster seats fill “the gap between a child car seat and a seat belt.”

Recent inspection clinics have shown that over 80 per cent of car seats carrying children are not used properly or installed correctly.

Police say wearing your seatbelt is the single most effective way to reduce vehicle-related injuries and fatalities.

The law stipulates that everyone riding in a vehicle must wear a seatbelt.

Police estimate that five lives are saved in Ontario each year for every one per cent increase in seatbelt use.

With files from Kevin Misener

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