March’s focus for Traffic Safety Awareness is “Occupant Safety” and the Regina Police Service, along with our counterparts in law enforcement across Saskatchewan, will be paying extra attention to seatbelts and car seat use in March. This is in keeping with SGI’s declared Traffic Safety focus for March.
Regina Police Service members will be on the lookout, this month, for motorists who aren’t wearing seatbelts or wearing them improperly. Another critically-important component of seatbelt legislation is the requirement to provide a proper restraint system for child passengers. Police officers, who have been at collision scenes, know the science proving seatbelts to be effective is irrefutable. “Every collision is really three separate events”, says Sgt. Ian Barr of the Regina Police Service Traffic Safety Unit. “There is the collision of the vehicle with another vehicle or object, followed by the collision of the person with the interior of the car compartment, followed by the collision of the brain and other internal organs with the interior of the skull, chest and abdomen. The highly-engineered seatbelt and restraint system makes the deceleration of the body less abrupt, greatly reducing the possibility of severe injury or death. Seatbelts really do save lives.”
While police patrol and traffic safety members look for seatbelt violations year-round, there’s an extra emphasis during the month of March to raise awareness of the critical importance of proper seatbelt and child car seat systems. Always take the extra moment or two in your vehicle to make sure children are safe and secure in an appropriate-size car seat, ask your passengers to buckle up and fasten your own seatbelt. For more information about child car seats, visit: http://www.sgi.sk.ca/individuals/safety/carseats/index.html